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Old 04-12-2016, 09:38 AM
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Help! How much for residential water?

I moved into an established neighborhood with about 80 homes in it in August. The neighborhood has it's own well and sewer treatment. I was a little astonished at the cost of the water, but sucked it up. We are paying a flat rate of $150 a month for the first 20,000 gallons of water and sewer. We haven't had a month with more than 8k gallons of usage in my home of 2 adults and 4 kids. And of the 4 States I have lived in before I have never paid more than $75 a month for water, sewer, AND garbage collection.
Because the well pump is wearing out the neighbors on the water board have proposed replacing it at a cost of $300,000. Consequently they are raising our flat rate to $300 for the first 20k gallons.
What do YOU pay monthly for your water/sewer service? I need sme data to go to the water board with.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:41 AM
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I pay around 65 a month.

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Old 04-12-2016, 09:42 AM
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What part of country? PM please if you don't want it public.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:46 AM
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I moved into an established neighborhood with about 80 homes in it in August. The neighborhood has it's own well and sewer treatment. I was a little astonished at the cost of the water, but sucked it up. We are paying a flat rate of $150 a month for the first 20,000 gallons of water and sewer. We haven't had a month with more than 8k gallons of usage in my home of 2 adults and 4 kids. And of the 4 States I have lived in before I have never paid more than $75 a month for water, sewer, AND garbage collection.
Because the well pump is wearing out the neighbors on the water board have proposed replacing it at a cost of $300,000. Consequently they are raising our flat rate to $300 for the first 20k gallons.
What do YOU pay monthly for your water/sewer service? I need sme data to go to the water board with.
8000 gallons A MONTH??????????????????????????????

Where is your meter? Dispute the usage. The water bill for a duplex here is less than $700/year.

The cost may be due to the small number if users- more users spreads the pain more and if I was in that area, I would start the conversation to find another source of water to tie into- what town or city is closest?
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:47 AM
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We are paying around $65 too. 2 adults and 3 kids. I own a business (about 30 emps) and our water and sewer run about $150-200 and garbage is $75.

I would see about getting your own well and septic if possible. That is outrageous!
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:51 AM
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Is 8,000 gallons a month a lot with occasional lawn watering and topping off my swimming pool? Online sources say the Avg. American home uses 6k gallons a month.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:53 AM
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A bit further to the north of you, geographically. Municipal water supply, including garbage collection, and recycling. Usually $35--$50 per month, unless we have the sprinklers running every other day, at which point, it can get up to around $100 per month.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:54 AM
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8000 gallons A MONTH??????????????????????????????

Where is your meter? Dispute the usage. The water bill for a duplex here is less than $700/year.

The cost may be due to the small number if users- more users spreads the pain more and if I was in that area, I would start the conversation to find another source of water to tie into- what town or city is closest?
Usage has nothing to do with it. Even if I used -0- a month they still have the flat rate of $150 for the first 20k gallons (going up to $300).
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:56 AM
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For those on municipal (at least in Texas) you have to figure in the "MUD" tax that may be rolled into your mortgage. That may be paying for the infrastructure, which is what my water board claims the high rates are paying.
My current annual property tax on a $425k property is $7,000 a year.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:59 AM
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I'm billed by the cubic foot. It's billed quarterly but is around $400 per quarter. Sewer is billed bi-annually based on water usage and was about 250. So$650 per quarter. 2 adults/ 2 kids. We have high usage.
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