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Old 02-17-2012, 03:19 AM
 
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Default How much are you paying for your water, sewer, garbage bill?

I live in a house in Mesquite. And it only seemed like a few years ago that my water, sewer, garbage bill was only about $40-$60 every month. Now, my water, sewer, garbage bill seems to be about $90-$100 every month for a house with three people, even with no lawn watering in these winter months. So, it seems that my bill has doubled from what I used to pay only a few years ago. And I don't think we use the water any more now than we used to. Anybody else have similar experience to mine? Higher water bills now compared to maybe 3 to 5 years ago? Because that is about when I remember these bills being cheaper than they are now.

I was wondering how much are other houses around here are paying for their monthly water, sewer, garbage bill? Anyone like to volunteer their information? Thank you for your input.
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Plano
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In Plano , I pay in the winter months an average of $70 for a family of 4, and an average of $100 in the summer months , the prices have been going up slowly in the last few years .You should still be checking if you have a small leak somewhere , it may explain why you seem to be paying more than the average every month.
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:21 AM
 
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I concur with the prices you both have listed. I would assume as water becomes a more scarce commodity, the cost for it would increase, like anything else. I am actually surprised it is still as cheap as it is.
Incidentally, when I lived in Portland OR last year, the bills were seperate for water and garbage (I don't know where sewer fell within the bill structure there). I still paid 70-100 for water, tehn had a seperate garbage bill which would vary from a low of $40/month, to whatever really, depending on what "infractions" you had on your account.
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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$53 for two in Richardson.
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:21 AM
 
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When I signed up for new service at my newly-purchased home in Plano about 3 years ago, the cashier at the utility department told me to expect to pay about $75/month, and she was pretty accurate. I was paying about $72/month.

Since that time, I have been cutting water use as much as possible. I do everything I can think of: collect all the rain water I can for irrigation, avoid using sprinklers, eliminate water leaks, avoid flushing toilets as long as possible. I also don't generate much trash. I credit this with cutting my bill down to $52/month.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:00 PM
 
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I totally agree with you. I have lived in Mesquite for 15 years and my bill started at $50 a month but has risen to $80 over the years. It pushes $100 during the summer months.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:01 PM
 
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Okay, I'm glad to see my charges don't seem out of line compared to some other people's experiences. Yes, I've checked for leaks by going to the water meter in front of the yard and seeing if it's spinning with all of our water valves shut, and it is not spinning with all the valves shut, so I don't think I have a water leak. And usually if there is running water in the house, we can hear the sound in the pipes. Here is a breakdown of my current bill: water $32 sewer $32 garbage $16.50 drainage $3
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Irving, Tx
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I pay about..$35 a month which includes garbage..and a mandatory EMS fee to the city..of Irving..right now..during the winter..with electricity..and gas..my..companies are Reliant..and Atmos..total bills are about..$90..but that can change from month to month..depending on the weather..and i live in a condo
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:25 PM
 
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$60 family of 5 in mesquite
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:40 PM
 
Location: East Dallas
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I live in a 42 year old home in North East Dallas south of Lovers ln. A few months ago I remodeled my bathroom changed sunken tub to large walkin installed watter efficen pipes and replace all toilets with high efficiency jacuzi's. My water bill has dropped from 125 to 150 to 65. This will also save in summer cause sewer is calculated on your average for winter or actual.

Dallas uses water to raise fees and not tax rate. My recommendation if you bill is high to fix all leaks and use efficient potties and showers
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