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Old 01-23-2009, 07:02 PM
 
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Hey all! Wondering if singles or couples here could give me real life $$$ examples of what you're paying for water & sewage in Seattle every month?

I just moved into a small cottage west of Green Lake. I am very conservative with utility use -- low flow equipment (1.0 GPM sinks, 2.5 GPM shower, 1.6 GPF toilet), fast showers, single set of dishes, no hose use, etc. However, the place is set at a fixed rate based on the previous tenants at a $48 monthly total -- $20 for water + $28 for sewer.

Just wondering if this is low or high? My previous apartment included utilities so I have no reference. The only thing that seems fishy is that the bill graph history shows that I'm paying for 50-60 gallons per day. I am positive I use less than this when I add up my day, which is why I'm wondering if I should switch to metered use. If I can save even $10 a month I would like to pursue it.

Would love to hear some numbers from other Seattleites. Thanks so much for your input!

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Old 01-24-2009, 12:16 AM
 
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That sounds totally reasonable. I'm on the eastside in an apartment and our bill is higher (high sewer charges as well), more like $50-60. If you think it would be cheaper with metered use you could test it out. For us the sewer charge and the service fees are the big part of the bill, and the actual water usage doesn't vary much. Water and sewer is definitely something I don't mind paying for as indoor plumbing was a great invention.
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:27 AM
 
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Sounds reasonable. We live in a house in unincorporated King County and our bill starts at about $140 every two months. Most of that are base charges for water and sewer that we'd have even if we didn't use a drop of water.
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:38 AM
 
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Default Seems reasonable

The trick is that they tend to include your garbage and yard waste fees in your water/sewer bill, which can really drive the price up if you put a lot of stuff out on collection day.

Good on you for your water conservation! I remember as a kid in this area having days in the summer where you could only use hoses for watering, car washing and the like every other day due to drought. The advent of water conservation and new fixtures has done a remarkable job of keeping use from getting out of hand.

We DO have droughts here, despite the rainy reputation.
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:16 PM
 
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live in a townhome...just me and the wife. have 3 bathrooms.


our bill is about $74
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Old 03-11-2009, 12:10 AM
 
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Smile ballard-whats normal for 3 people for wter use- my landlord says im using an average of 160 gal a day- this seems unreas

my land lord in ballard says we use 160 gallons a day- this is a small 2 bedroom-one bath three people we dont use the shower every day and only do three loads of laundry a week. i'm averaging $135 month for water and sewer?

I just moved into a small cottage west of Green Lake. I am very conservative with utility use -- low flow equipment (1.0 GPM sinks, 2.5 GPM shower, 1.6 GPF toilet), fast showers, single set of dishes, no hose use, etc. However, the place is set at a fixed rate based on the previous tenants at a $48 monthly total -- $20 for water + $28 for sewer.

Just wondering if this is low or high? My previous apartment included utilities so I have no reference. The only thing that seems fishy is that the bill graph history shows that I'm paying for 50-60 gallons per day. I am positive I use less than this when I add up my day, which is why I'm wondering if I should switch to metered use. If I can save even $10 a month I would like to pursue it.

Would love to hear some numbers from other Seattleites. Thanks so much for your input![/quote]
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Old 03-11-2009, 02:55 PM
 
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According to our last bill, our daily water usage (for a family of three with a 4 br/2ba home and LOTS of dirty toddler laundry) was about 73 gal per day.
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:57 PM
 
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Hello Everyone, I just moved to Skyway area and just wondering why Sewer bill so high. Waste management charge me District Sewer and King County Sewer =$100 sewer only. Altogether, my bill is $180.00 per 2 months. Is this reasonable? I live in a 3 bedrooms, just me and my husband. Thank you!
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:46 PM
 
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I pay $139. Me and wife and an infant son. We don't use dishwasher and we have HE washer.
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:42 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle, originally from SF Bay Area
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You should see some of the water and sewer bills I pay at my job, as much as $80,000/month.

First, clarify whether you are paying a utility like Seattle Public Utilities or a landlord. If a landlord, they may be charging you whatever they want. They cannot do that with electricity by city ordinance. Check the details to see if the bill includes other city utilities such as sewer, garbage, surface water management, or utility taxes. Here on the eastside we average 180 GPD
and about $140 every two months. Seattle has been raising their rates every year to make up for the lost revenue from people like you that conserve.
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