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Old 08-15-2014, 08:16 PM   #1
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Homeowners, talk to me about your water usage...

So on my third month in the new house. First month's water bill was $99 (14,000 gallons) so I chalked it up to running a 9 zone sprinkler system most of the month. For the second month, I used the sprinklers MUCH less often (maybe 10 days total if that) and the new bill was $115 (16,000 gallons.) This doesn't seem normal to me. Those of you with families and an average size home, how much water are you using?
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I don't understand why people don't astroturf their lawns. I don't own a house but I wouldn't care how the grass looked as long as it was cut.

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How many sqft is your property?

My place is 1800 sq ft and my property is 4800 sq ft. My average water bill is $50 a month and includes water/sewer. I have my sprinkers in the back set at 6 minutes every night and in the front at 3 minutes per night. We are a family of 4 with 2 young boys that go through a lot of clothes. We only use about 20-22 CCF's per month which considered on the low/conservative side.
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5400 gallons of water, $61. We have two people that live here and no lawn watering. Monsoon season just ended here and I can hardly keep up with my lawn to begin with.

How old is your home? Low flow fixtures would probably do wonders for you.

Edit: Sorry I should mention that this is for two months.

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I don't understand why people don't astroturf their lawns. I don't own a house but I wouldn't care how the grass looked as long as it was cut.

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Its not only about the grass. My house has a fair amount of landscaping. and that you can't fake. If using this much water is normal, then so be it, I just have a suspicion that this is a bit high and I might have a problem somewhere. There are no leaks inside the house, and I haven't seen any outside, but I honestly didn't look that closely. This is the first time Im paying for my own water, so when I asked people before I bought a house how much their water bill is, they all said a few hundred bucks a year, not 100+ every month.
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5400 gallons of water, $61. We have two people that live here and no lawn watering. Monsoon season just ended here and I can hardly keep up with my lawn to begin with.

How old is your home? Low flow fixtures would probably do wonders for you.
Home was built in 1956 but has since been redone. Fixtures are "modern" but not sure if low-flow (nor do I want them.) Toilets are "modern" as well, but again, not sure if low usage, but I did notice that they don't empty their entire tank everytime you flush. We do have 2 kids, older one (4) takes a bath at least twice a week (standard tub) and younger one (4 months) takes a bath in an infant tub every night, about 10 gallons or so.

Maybe I need to get a plumber over here to test my system, but when I moved in I had some plumbing work done, and at the end, we tested the pressure and it was 80psi, which is excellent.
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astroturf lawn?

thats some ****in trailer park ****
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How many sqft is your property?

My place is 1800 sq ft and my property is 4800 sq ft. My average water bill is $50 a month and includes water/sewer. I have my sprinkers in the back set at 6 minutes every night and in the front at 3 minutes per night. We are a family of 4 with 2 young boys that go through a lot of clothes. We only use about 20 CCF's per month which considered on the low/conservative side.
My home is 2400sq/ft and the lot is .25 acres. The sprinkler system is a 9 zone, and each zone runs from 8-12 minutes, depending on the zone (some are jet sprinklers, some are mist, etc).
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how do cities even meter your water.

sure I have a water meter in my basement. But they never come in and read it....so how do they know how much water I use? stupid question is stupid...but i dont get it.
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My home is 2400sq/ft and the lot is .25 acres. The sprinkler system is a 9 zone, and each zone runs from 8-12 minutes, depending on the zone (some are jet sprinklers, some are mist, etc).
How many CCF's are you going through?

We are on a tiered system, the more you use the more you pay.

For example..... my bill last month....

USAGE - LOW VOLUME 14 CCF @ 0.88 $12.32
USAGE - CONSERVATION BASE RATE 8 CCF @ 1.34 $10.72
USAGE - INEFFICIENT 0 CCF @ 3.91 $0.00
USAGE - EXCESSIVE 0 CCF @ 6.22 $0.00
USAGE - WASTEFUL 0 CCF @ 12.60 $0.00

+ various surcharges for water and sewer plus taxes.
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How many CCF's are you going through?

We are on a tiered system, the more you use the more you pay.

For example..... my bill last month....

USAGE - LOW VOLUME 14 CCF @ 0.88 $12.32
USAGE - CONSERVATION BASE RATE 8 CCF @ 1.34 $10.72
USAGE - INEFFICIENT 0 CCF @ 3.91 $0.00
USAGE - EXCESSIVE 0 CCF @ 6.22 $0.00
USAGE - WASTEFUL 0 CCF @ 12.60 $0.00

+ various surcharges for water and sewer plus taxes.
Does this have anything to do with the drought CA is experiencing?
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that looks cheap as **** brah....

and who the **** wants to frolic in astroturf?

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Does this have anything to do with the drought CA is experiencing?
Possibly. We just received notice a couple months ago of the tier system. Not sure if it is because of the drought or the water district. However our household is well below the average of other residents. Which is surprising because we are a family of 4 doing laundry and showers, watering the lawn, etc....
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First month's water bill was $99 (14,000 gallons)
to put it into perspective.... 1 CCF= 748 gallons....

So last month I used 16,456 gallons and my water/sewer bill was $53.92 ......
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that looks cheap as **** brah....

and who the **** wants to frolic in astroturf?

****ing nobody
Yeah because people frolic in their front lawns all the time.......

My point was that it doesn't all look like a putting green. Just calm your vagina.

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How many CCF's are you going through?

We are on a tiered system, the more you use the more you pay.

For example..... my bill last month....

USAGE - LOW VOLUME 14 CCF @ 0.88 $12.32
USAGE - CONSERVATION BASE RATE 8 CCF @ 1.34 $10.72
USAGE - INEFFICIENT 0 CCF @ 3.91 $0.00
USAGE - EXCESSIVE 0 CCF @ 6.22 $0.00
USAGE - WASTEFUL 0 CCF @ 12.60 $0.00

+ various surcharges for water and sewer plus taxes.
I don't have any of the above.

Total was 16 units (unit is 1000 gallons) / 160 CGL

Bill breakdown...

Water Service Charge $10.60
Water Usage Charge ($.59405000 x 160) $94.05

Other Charges:

Purchased Water Surcharge ($0.04525000 x 160) $7.24
DSIC Water Meter Charge $2.28

Total $115.17

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If you suspect a leak, or other issues. Check your meter. Dont turn on the water for an hour. Check your meter again.
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Home was built in 1956 but has since been redone. Fixtures are "modern" but not sure if low-flow (nor do I want them.) Toilets are "modern" as well, but again, not sure if low usage, but I did notice that they don't empty their entire tank everytime you flush. We do have 2 kids, older one (4) takes a bath at least twice a week (standard tub) and younger one (4 months) takes a bath in an infant tub every night, about 10 gallons or so.

Maybe I need to get a plumber over here to test my system, but when I moved in I had some plumbing work done, and at the end, we tested the pressure and it was 80psi, which is excellent.
Newer low flow ones don't just dribble out like the older ones, the ones we have still have pretty high pressure.

Anyway, that's still a lot. We have two people that live here and we both shower twice a day (morning and post gym/workout). I hate short showers so I by no means am actively conserving water.

This may be a totally ignorant question but why does it take 10 gallons of water to bathe an infant? Can you get a smaller tub? FWIW, my master bath shower head is ~1.5-2gpm so either way I use a hell of a lot more water daily on myself than you do on that baby.

How often are you running the washing machine and dishwasher? How old are they?
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