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Old 11-08-2016, 11:11 AM
 
Location: The other side of the mountain
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I was reading this thread with people talking about $30-40 water bills and wondering if I may have some kind of leak. I live in Draper on a ~10,000 sqft lot (about 0.2 acres). I've been running the sprinklers 4x/week for about an hour at a time (6 zones total) and our water bill ended up at $150 last month. Is that par for the course, or might I have something wrong with my sprinklers?

-Aaron
I don't live in Salt Lake County, but my yard is roughly about the same size as yours. I paid that for a total of three months (July, August and September). Again, my rates could be a lot less expensive. It wouldn't hurt to have it checked out though.
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Old 11-14-2016, 07:11 AM
 
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I was reading this thread with people talking about $30-40 water bills and wondering if I may have some kind of leak. I live in Draper on a ~10,000 sqft lot (about 0.2 acres). I've been running the sprinklers 4x/week for about an hour at a time (6 zones total) and our water bill ended up at $150 last month. Is that par for the course, or might I have something wrong with my sprinklers?

-Aaron
I never ran my sprinklers 4x a week but I had an evap cooler in Copperton, which has one of the highest water rates in the County ($45/month + $1 per 1000 gallons) and I never paid less than $54 or more than $80.

You want to look at how many units or gallons you are being billed for. If your bill lists "units", a unit is 1000 gallons. A house of 3 - 4 people will have an indoor usage of 8000 to 12000 gallons. You should get a feel for your indoor usage from your Nov, Dec, Jan, and Feb bills. All the water used above that average in the summer is your outdoor usage.

This isn't the time of year for checking it, but my guess is you have a leaky sprinkler, pipe/valve/head somewhere and your water usage will drop dramatically now that you've turned of and drained the outdoor system.

If your water usage doesn't drop dramatically, then you either have an indoor leak somewhere or a leak in the pipe from the meter to your house.
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Old 11-14-2016, 02:25 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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You want to look at how many units or gallons you are being billed for. If your bill lists "units", a unit is 1000 gallons. A house of 3 - 4 people will have an indoor usage of 8000 to 12000 gallons. You should get a feel for your indoor usage from your Nov, Dec, Jan, and Feb bills. All the water used above that average in the summer is your outdoor usage.
I'm looking at my water bill the just came in the mail and it states the 1 unit of water is 748 gallons which id pretty much the standard.
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Old 11-20-2016, 07:13 PM
 
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748 gallons = 100 cubic feet. It is also a common measurement. Like I said, Copperton billed in 1000 gallon increments.
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Old 11-21-2016, 10:45 PM
 
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How much you water the yard will make a big difference. In SLC itself, I pay roughly $45/mo.
Lucky you, our water is $200 a month in summer. Crazy and overpriced!! Only on for 35 mins to an hour in the morning every other day in the summer. We are south jordan and yard probably 0.2 acres. Rest of utilities like gas & electric not too bad. electric about $40-50 and gas $15 to 30 a month depending on time of year. This is a 5 bed property about 3000sqft. Trash we dont pay as landlady does. sewerage 25 a month
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