I received a high water bill! How did I possibly use this much water?

The 2 most common reasons for a high water bill are the following: 

1. Consumer used more water 

Water consumption typically increases drastically during the summer months due to lawn watering, kids being out of school, and filling a pool. An average size 21-foot round pool with a depth of 48 inches can hold 13,500 gallons of water. This can increase your water bill by over $80. Additionally, water irrigation systems can use a lot of water. For instance, each turf zone can use an average of 12 gallons per minute. So if you use 4 zones for only 30 minutes per day, you will consume 1,440 gallons of water a day. Even if you only water your lawn twice a week, you will consume 11,520 gallons of water a month at an estimate cost of over $70. For more information on additional water consumption for typical uses, as well as ways you can conserve water, click here.

2. Water leak 

Unfortunately, water leaks happen often and can result in a high water bill. Some leaks are hard to detect and the first clue of a leak is typically a high water bill. A toilet leak, depending on the severity, can waste anywhere from 30 gallons a day up to as much as 4,000 gallons a day.

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1. I don’t see you read my meter anymore. How do you know how much water I used?
2. How is it possible that the water usage on my bill is the exact same as a previous month’s usage?
3. How is my sewer bill calculated?
4. If I have a leak during winter months, how will that affect my sewer bill for the year?
5. I received a high water bill! How did I possibly use this much water?
6. How do I read my water/ utility bill?
7. I moved into a smaller house but my bill stayed the same. Why didn’t my bill go down?
8. I have a smaller family than my neighbor but my water bill is higher. Why isn’t my bill smaller than theirs?
9. I was told I have a leak but I don’t see any puddles in my yard. Where is the water going?
10. How does Sewer Winter Quarter Averaging affect my utilities bill?
11. How can I keep my water consumption down?
12. How can I tell how much water my irrigation system uses and needs?
13. How do I find a water leak in my home?