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Old 09-27-2010, 12:29 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Just to clarify. The grass was not watered during the drought. We are from Texas and understand conserving water and drought restrictions. This is why the yard died. It is fescue so doesn't go dormant like burmuda grass which we have had at our last two homes. We started watering when the drought was over (by the way there were never any water restrictions in our area) and these are our first bills. We are not on a well like a lot of people seem to have. Everyone else in our subdivision did water during the drought but now they have a yard that isn't a mud pit.
Rye & fescue will sometimes go dormant in the summer. It looks dead, then pops back to life when the temperatures drop & the rains come. Bermuda grass goes dormant in the winter. This might help. Fall Lawn Care
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:01 PM
 
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Watering every day in a drought... they should charge you twice that for ignorance of the environment and your surroundings.
Ummmmm....we're not in a drought. Just sayin....
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:44 PM
 
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We were just concerned since our electric bill for ac wasn't bad and we had a hot summer and have no shade for our home. Well hopefully our grass will grow quick and we can go to twice a week like our neighbors. Fingers crossed about heating it. At least if we beep the heat set to 68* it won't cause damage we have to go back and fix like lack of water did. Wish we had burmuda!!
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:49 PM
 
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Thank you for all the HELPful replies. Never lived anywhere that charges you more if you use more of anything. I will double check for a leak and most importantly not let our yard get to this point again. Also glad it is finally cooler here. We moved from south Texas and it was hotter in Charlotte some days! But we do love it here so much.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:51 PM
 
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As others have said, watering every day will use a lot of water and will push you into a very high rate, so $300 per month or higher is easily attainable. I thought our water bill was way too high last year but I watched the water meter as our watering system was on, and I did the math to calculate how much water was being used during each watering cycle, and I figured out - unfortunately, our billing was correct.
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:01 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Thank you for all the HELPful replies. Never lived anywhere that charges you more if you use more of anything. I will double check for a leak and most importantly not let our yard get to this point again. Also glad it is finally cooler here. We moved from south Texas and it was hotter in Charlotte some days! But we do love it here so much.
You didn't say, but did you rip up the lawn & seed or did you just put out seed? Did you seed fescue or Bermuda? If you seeded fescue, you seeded too early.
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Old 09-28-2010, 03:49 PM
 
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If you think there is a chance that the bill is an error, call 311 and get it checked. When we moved into our house we thought the bill was high so we called because we wanted to know if this is what we were in for every month. They sent someone out to the house and discovered that our meter was misread. We had already paid our bill so they credited our account and we haven't had to pay for the last 2 billing cycles! They were REALLY off with their reading!!
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:25 AM
 
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Have that meter checked or have the city/county look for a leak. My bill is 30-40 a month for an average size house. What you are paying is not normal unless you are filling a swimming pool every week.
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Old 09-29-2010, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Rochester Hills, Mi
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We water 3x a week with our irrigation but our irrigation is on a separate meter so we don't pay sewer on it...check and see if yours is getting charged like normal household water or sep. It cost us almost 1K to put in the sep. meter but LONG term it is worth it. I live in Catawba County and we water 3x a week for about an hour total, 4 people and all the water apps that go along with them--front loader washer and energy star apps all 5 yrs old or less. I don't think our bill goes over $100.

We can also have our meter turned off in the winter when we winterize the irrigation and we save the monthly fee minimum. Just have to notify the city.
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Old 09-29-2010, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Rochester Hills, Mi
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Also wanted to say you should go by John Deere Landscapes/Lesco in your area. They have some grass treatment that helps HOLD the water in the soil so you don't have to water as often. I found out about it the other week and plan to use it next year.
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