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Old 09-27-2010, 09:54 AM
 
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Hi. Just moved here. Got a $210 water bill last month and now we have almost doubled it. We live on .5 acres, in a 3800 sq foot home but there are just two of us and we have high efficiency appliances. Live in the city of Charlotte (28216) but what I think may be causing it is our irrigation system. We are watering everyday because the drought killed our yard before we moved in and just got it re-seaded.

Going to check for a leak but just wondered if this is the norm.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Your irrigation system is running away with your water bill.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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My water/sewer bills for a house, with six people, was never more than $40 a month, usually much, much less.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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that's crazy to me because mine is about $40 a month and I live with 3 people...it must be the irrigation system because we run the dishwasher, washing machine, and take showers every day.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:02 AM
 
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Our water bill averages about $30/month for 2 people. We let the lawn go dormant rather than waste water on it.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Union County
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Watering every day in a drought... they should charge you twice that for ignorance of the environment and your surroundings.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:34 AM
 
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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.
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Old 09-27-2010, 12:08 PM
 
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it is definitely your irrigation system. I know in Union County where I have a house, you are charged on a tier system so the more you use, the higher your base rate. It is to discourage you from using water..my clock was set wrong for the first couple of months and I wasn't living there full time..a $700 mistake,, and they refused to give me a break..we can only water twice a week and only on assigned days based on the development you live in...
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Old 09-27-2010, 12:15 PM
 
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2 people in a 3,800 square foot home? Forget your water bill. Get ready to try to heat that thing.
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Old 09-27-2010, 12:21 PM
 
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I currently rent at a 2200 square feet house. I got a water/sewer bill for $81 dollars and I think that is HIGH. Only three of us living there and rarely use water, we don't water anything either....

The bill says I've used 8200 gallons of water basically... and put me in the 9-16 ccf tier with a 11 ccf's total.

This is in CharMECK too

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