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Old 09-05-2007, 05:32 PM
 
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Hi there!

I have noticed on the forum that people are often surprised when they move to NC because their water bills are more than expected, and I have confirmed this to be true from people who live in Charlotte and the Charlotte suburbs. We have been told to prepare for it when we move. This comparison is based on people who have experienced lower bills before moving to the Charlotte area from NY, NJ and FL.

Can anyone explain generally why it is that water costs more than it tends to in other states? I am not looking for the "what" it costs as much as the "why" as it would be helpful in settling an ongoing discussion.

Looking forward to your replies. Thanks in advance for your help. :-)
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Old 09-05-2007, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Hi there!

I have noticed on the forum that people are often surprised when they move to NC because their water bills are more than expected, and I have confirmed this to be true from people who live in Charlotte and the Charlotte suburbs. We have been told to prepare for it when we move. This comparison is based on people who have experienced lower bills before moving to the Charlotte area from NY, NJ and FL.

Can anyone explain generally why it is that water costs more than it tends to in other states? I am not looking for the "what" it costs as much as the "why" as it would be helpful in settling an ongoing discussion.

Looking forward to your replies. Thanks in advance for your help. :-)
I do not think water is expensive in Charlotte.

Maybe in Union county it is because of the way they have to buy it, but in Charlotte I can't complain. My current bill that I just received for August is $20.73 for the month.

The whole utility bill (which includes water, sewer and storm water) is $72.09.
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Old 09-05-2007, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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It was much higher for us in Charlotte (and is higher in Union County) that it was in NY. My bill in NY (9 years ago) was about $15.00 a quarter...
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Old 09-05-2007, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Between Belmont & Cramerton, North Carolina
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Our whole utility bill in Belmont (Gaston county) is $35 (includes water, sewer and storm water). We're only two people but I don't think that is expensive.
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Old 09-05-2007, 07:31 PM
 
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Default water bills

Water bills are higher b/c we have to pay 2.41 for 100cf of water usage for storm runoff. If you have a sprinkler system it can get very expensive unless you have a meter for the sprinkler and one for the house.
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Old 09-05-2007, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Tega Cay, SC
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In Charlotte our bill was $35 per month for all three water-related services. In Fort Mill it's $70 - for a 1200 SF apartment. I'd take Charlotte prices anytime.
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Old 09-05-2007, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Some got six month some got one solid. But me and my buddies all got lifetime here
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With the way things are around here these days you'll be forced into paying a lot less for water.
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Old 09-05-2007, 08:11 PM
 
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Union County water prices are ridiculously high!!!! Trust me on this one. If youre planning on properly maintaing a landscape of anything over 1/2 acre your bills can run over $300 per month and might even go above $500......personal experience!

I also have a pool which requires some filling occasionally, and I run 13 zones of irrigation. I pick up my well permit tomorow and should have one installed within 2 weeks. Budgeting $5 Grand for the job. Charging me $9 bucks per ft. Figure I will recoup it in a year. Its really a no brainer for me
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Old 09-05-2007, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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Union County water prices are ridiculously high!!!! Trust me on this one. If youre planning on properly maintaing a landscape of anything over 1/2 acre your bills can run over $300 per month and might even go above $500......personal experience!

I also have a pool which requires some filling occasionally, and I run 13 zones of irrigation. I pick up my well permit tomorow and should have one installed within 2 weeks. Budgeting $5 Grand for the job. Charging me $9 bucks per ft. Figure I will recoup it in a year. Its really a no brainer for me


Unless you can prove you don't have arsenic in your well water, I would steer clear of building a well in Union County. We are ranked #2 (out of 100 counties) in finding cancer causing arsenic in well water here.

Not worth the risk IMO.

newsobserver.com | Water (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/health_science/water/ - broken link)
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Old 09-05-2007, 09:35 PM
 
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I dont intend on drinking it. I will be filling my pool on occassion and irrigating. Not certain about pool filters effectiveness against arsenic???? Will research further
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