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Old 12-09-2015, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Hi,

I haven't been through your city in quite a while, so I'll ask you locals my questions.

Do most single family homes have grass front yards, or is it a mix of gravel/desert and grass like here in Phoenix?

Are water rates considered high? I think here in the City of Phoenix we're charged about $2.20 for 700 gallons (higher in summer, lower in winter.) My July water bill is around $180 (front and rear grass yard), but it includes trash/recycling and sewer service.

Do you hear frequent public service messages asking homeowners to remove your grass in favor for xeriscape landscapes? I hear it here, but it's not annoyingly frequent. Does your water purveyor offer money to rip out home lawns? The City of Phoenix doesn't, but some of our suburbs do.

Do to your area's cooler climate, I suspect Reno uses a lot less water on landscapes than Phoenix does, all things being equal.

Thanks, locals!
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Old 12-10-2015, 12:21 AM
RFF
 
Location: Sparks, NV
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Hi Doug.

Older neighborhoods in the Reno/Sparks area have more grass than the newer developments. More older homes are changing up their landscaping to reduce water usage. I still have grass in my front yard. Newer homes have less grass and more DG/Rock and water conserving foliage.

Due to our drought , we have scheduled watering days (3 days a week) depending on if your house is odd or even numbered. Years ago, when the drought was worse, we had 2 days a week of watering. I watered by hand to get around that. Water rates can be found on the TMWA websites. You are changed a flat rate for instance (I.e 15.00) then you're charged 3-4 dollars per 1000 gallons up to 7-10000. It then costs more per 1000 gallons if you use more than that.

TMWA does not offer any incentive to rip up our lawns.

Trash is quarterly (66 dollars I think) using a 96 gallon toter.
Sewer (30 quarterly maybe) it's been a while since I'm on septic.
Water bill is in the 20's during the winter , summer can reach 80 dollars using close to 20000 gallons of water.
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Living rent free in your head
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Hi Doug.

Older neighborhoods in the Reno/Sparks area have more grass than the newer developments. More older homes are changing up their landscaping to reduce water usage. I still have grass in my front yard. Newer homes have less grass and more DG/Rock and water conserving foliage.

Due to our drought , we have scheduled watering days (3 days a week) depending on if your house is odd or even numbered. Years ago, when the drought was worse, we had 2 days a week of watering. I watered by hand to get around that. Water rates can be found on the TMWA websites. You are changed a flat rate for instance (I.e 15.00) then you're charged 3-4 dollars per 1000 gallons up to 7-10000. It then costs more per 1000 gallons if you use more than that.

TMWA does not offer any incentive to rip up our lawns.

Trash is quarterly (66 dollars I think) using a 96 gallon toter.
Sewer (30 quarterly maybe) it's been a while since I'm on septic.
Water bill is in the 20's during the winter , summer can reach 80 dollars using close to 20000 gallons of water.
That's pretty much what I was paying last year when I lived there, 2100 sq ft house, 7k lot but we only had lawn in the front yard, water was around $28 but would go to $89 in the summer.
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