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Old 01-16-2009, 04:54 PM
 
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Hi,

I am receiving my water/trash bill from the City of Pearland for Water, Sewer & Trash.

Last month was about $168 and this month it's $195. We have a four bedroom house with me, my husband and 10 yr old son. Our sprinklers are on for 10 mins in the morning and we have a rain sensor that is supposed to override the sprinklers if it is already wet.

Does this seem reasonable ? We have no idea as we did not pay for utilities this way back in Scotland.

I just want to know as when we were in our apartment this only cost about $25 per month so it's a big jump.

Thanks to anyone who can advise.
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:35 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Seems high to me but I do not live in your area. Lawn sprinklers are not really needed during the winter months when the grass is dormant. If you have other landscaping, that may require some watering though.
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Check for silent leaks - could have a leak in the sprinkler system or a silent leak in one of your toilets can add an incredible amount to your bill.
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Old 01-17-2009, 06:23 AM
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Location: Pearland (Southern Trails)
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Your bill includes trash pick up too, but that should be less than $30 of it. Does your sprinkler system have it's own water meter? It is supposed to, and if it does Pearland bills it at a lower rate than your house water.

Another thing to remember is that Pearland previously announced an increase in the monthly billing for water/sewage/trashl of about 10-15% more beginning in 2009. So the increase you are seeing might be due to that.
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Old 01-18-2009, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh N. Hills / Houston-Clear Lake
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That's way too high. My water/sewer bill in Clear Lake is exactly $9.00 per month now, and around $12.00 in summer months. We also have a 4 bdrm house.

If my trash wasn't paid through the HOA fees, I'd say it would be around another $15 per month tops.
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Wow - I'd love a $12 water/sewer bill. Mine is about $50 per month and can get to $80/90 in the summer when the sprinker is running a lot.
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Old 01-28-2009, 01:59 AM
 
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that's way too high. My water/sewer bill in clear lake is exactly $9.00 per month now, and around $12.00 in summer months. We also have a 4 bdrm house.

If my trash wasn't paid through the hoa fees, i'd say it would be around another $15 per month tops.

bs
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Old 01-28-2009, 02:58 AM
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I think $30 to $40 a month should be average, but from what I have read elsewhere, that depends on whether or not you are also paying a mud tax. Look at this similar thread for other posters rates...

What is your water bill like?
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh N. Hills / Houston-Clear Lake
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bs

If I had a bill I'd post it to show everyone. I have no reason to BS.

http://clcwa.org/images/WaterSurvey.pdf

The Clear Lake City Water Authority sends out bills 6x per year. In the winter they are $18 and the summer $24 when sprinklers run. We use between 7k and 9k gallons every other month. This has been consistent for over 3 years now. You can see my numbers jibe with the chart.

We don't have a MUD tax but there is a CLCWA tax of 0.28%.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:52 AM
 
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Default Pearland Water Dept is purposely overcharging

I have the same problem. I have a small family of three and we are rarely home. My bill (which includes, water, garbage and sewage) has been consistently $165-$185 every month!!!!! Oh and get this - my family and I were not residing in my home for over two weeks after IKE - the bill I got a month after was over $200!!!! I called and called and they keep insisting that I must have a leak or something. I've had EVERYTHING checked (not once, not twice, but 3 times) and have NO leaks ANYWHERE. City of Pearland refuses to admit they may have made a mistake.
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