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Old 07-31-2007, 07:58 AM
 
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Guess this is one way living in Charlotte is "cheaper" than out in Union county. I did extensive watering in the last month (no water restrictions in Mecklenburg county - though I was careful to water in the evening only like they requested) and my bill for water was $24.42. This was attached to my sewer and storm water fees of $56.58 for a grand total of $81.00.

Normally my bill runs about $45 a month total for all three charges.
Wow! Thats amazing. How many zones are you running? Something is very wrong when water costs can be so drastically different in such close proximity.
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Old 07-31-2007, 08:09 AM
 
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Wow! Thats amazing. How many zones are you running? Something is very wrong when water costs can be so drastically different in such close proximity.
Don't have an irrigation system, just hoses and sprinklers My yard is about a third of an acre.
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Old 07-31-2007, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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U120,
my thoughts for using the well was for irrigation and possibly a pool. But I dont't think using the well water for a pool is a smart thing to do as the water will be very hard.
That's absolutely not true! We live in Marvin on a well and our pool water is quite soft. The house does have a whole house water softener, but we turned that off and the water was still soft. Our pool guy told us that the well water is soft in this neck of the woods, which suprised us.

By the way, the well water in Marvin tastes delish!
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Old 07-31-2007, 05:52 PM
 
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Yeah, I have heard that the well water is perfectly fine for swimming pools and irrigation, but not consumption. I believe that there are traces of arsenic in the well water making it not feasible for drinking.

I have friends up in Lake Norman area who use their well water for everything.

Honestly, I think you have to seriously consider a well when building in Union County. If you want to maintain your landscaping properly in this climate, it is not economical to pay for County water. Add to that the distinct possibility of these water restrictions every summer, its almost a no brainer. Add to that a swimming pool on your property and youre probably foolish to not do it (like I am).

I will be seriously shopping for a well once the summer is over and this whole water issue dies down a bit. I hate always having to worry about using water. Coming from NY where a quarterly bill cost less than $100, this is quite the culture shock.
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Old 07-31-2007, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Charlotte,NC, US, North America, Earth, Alpha Quadrant,Milky Way Galaxy
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Don't have an irrigation system, just hoses and sprinklers My yard is about a third of an acre.
So when is the "slip-n-slide" sprinkler party?
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Old 07-31-2007, 06:12 PM
 
Location: NEW YORK - NASSAU
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Culture shock it is! It disturbs me to know I am leaving NY for one thing to save on real estate taxes only to give it back in a water bill.
I would imagine people who get that $500-$1000 first water bill have no idea how costly the water is and are concerned with preserving the free sod(included in your price)you get from the builder.
I know ahead of time so I would be using the irrigation water sparingly.
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Old 07-31-2007, 06:24 PM
 
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Culture shock it is! It disturbs me to know I am leaving NY for one thing to save on real estate taxes only to give it back in a water bill.
I would imagine people who get that $500-$1000 first water bill have no idea how costly the water is and are concerned with preserving the free sod(included in your price)you get from the builder.
I know ahead of time so I would be using the irrigation water sparingly.
Or just move to Mecklenburg county instead of Union
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Old 07-31-2007, 06:25 PM
 
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So when is the "slip-n-slide" sprinkler party?
Every Saturday afternoon while the burgers are sizzling on the grill!! Come on over, you bring the beer
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Old 07-31-2007, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Guess this is one way living in Charlotte is "cheaper" than out in Union county. I did extensive watering in the last month (no water restrictions in
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Mecklenburg county - though I was careful to water in the evening only like they requested) and my bill for water was $24.42. This was attached to my sewer and storm water fees of $56.58 for a grand total of $81.00.

Normally my bill runs about $45 a month total for all three charges.
Seriously! I live in an apartment so obviously I don't have a yard. My water bill is usually $3 -$4 a month. I can't imagine paying triple digits!
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:13 AM
 
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U120..I live in Union and have a gorgeous lawn..we water 2x a week unless it rains..you HAVE to soak your lawn so that it goes to the roots, if your roots are deep then they can tolerate the heat better. Our water bill for 1/4 of an acre is about 70-100 a month..we are a family of five and I stay home with our kids. Established lawns need an inch of water per week to live. If we are in restrictions or drought (sp?) and you water that much the grass may be brown but it just means it has gone dormant and is not dead. The best time to establish a yard is fall not summer. Have your yard aerated (not with spikes but cored) and overseeded.
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