How's your water bill?

ernie85017June 28, 2013

April: $52
This month: $141

And I am careful with water! Sheez. No grass being watered, slow drip to big trees and a few in-ground plants. Tomatoes are done, but that won't cut the bill much. i just want things to stay alive.

Wish I had irrigation.

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GeeS 9b

$60 - $70, and I have more than 400 plants lined into a drip system that runs 2 hours twice per week.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 9:22PM
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richsd

ernie, make sure you don't have any leaks, like toilets, valves, etc. I found a slow leak at one of my lawn valves- they can waste a lot of water. So can a toilet leak.

Turn everything off and look at your water meter- it shouldn't creep.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 10:34AM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

$162 - gulp. I don't think there's a leak. I have lots of greenery I'm trying to keep alive. Some recently planted hedge covers (primrose jasmine and a couple of oleanders), the asparagus bed is just getting established, and I have chili peppers and some beans that all need regular water. The bower vines. Some of these will be fine with lower water once established but much of what's hogging the water right now was planted last fall/spring. Ugh! I agree.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 11:00AM
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campv

Mines $87 here in Camp Verde. I am watering like a fool. This is high for me this time of year. Just trying to keep the grass, veggie gardens, fruit trees, roses etc. alive.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 11:27AM
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aztreelvr

Most cities offer free water audits (aka evaluations, reviews, etc.) and will check your meter for accuracy, test for leaks in service lines, interior fixtures, pools, water softeners, as well as irrigation lines. Check with your city's water conservation office.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 12:46PM
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campv

Ernie- I agree you may have a leak. I would have it checked out. You also may need to include -how often do you run the dishwasher, washing machine(full loads?), how many people take a shower how long etc. Like I said my bill is $87 w/1/2 acre fully planted and a pool. There is only the two of us. Yours does seem very high.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 5:47PM
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ernie85017

I was watering liberally. Probably more than needed.

I have no leaks. I will see how my efforts to parcel the water more carefully make a change this coming month.
I have some large trees I am caring for, some fruit trees, and a few ornamentals. After losing my two huge shade trees in the back yard, everything else is so much more vulnerable to the sun.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 3:14PM
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greendesert

one thing I have done to save some water when I moved into this house is to tear into one of the walls and redo the plumbing to my upstairs bathtub. Now it drains near several trees and grape vines in my backyard. I tend to prefer taking baths to showers so this is one way that makes me feel like I'm not wasting as much water. There's no reason why that water can't go to a tree.
my water bill? ugh, not so good. My watering systems aren't the most efficient.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 5:12PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

Are you Phoenix folks quoting the bottom line or just the water portion of the bill? I ask because we get trash, sewer, jail and other fees unrelated to water at all tacked on our 'water bill'.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 7:51PM
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ernie85017

Oh, yeah, I'm including all those other fees, trash, recycling.
I was told that Phoenix doesn't really recycle all that stuff, that it would be too labor intensive and expensive. It's supposed to be a political thing more than anything else.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 12:13AM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

So what's your actual water bill? Phx contracts with Waste Management to run the recycle facility. Most gets recycled, but a lot does not, much of that due to contamination by idiots who put trash in the blue can.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 1:27AM
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sundrop07(9b)

Just the water portion of my bill was $40, a little over twice that with the waste water, solid waste and other fees added. I water a flower bed in front, a couple of trees and a squash and watermelon patch in back. Also have a 3ft x 10ft grow box and assorted potted plants and a couple of very small areas with grass growing among stepping stones.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 5:25PM
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richsd

My opinion is, if I can't use the amount of water necessary to have a decent green yard, then I need to move out of this state. Sure it's an extra expense in the summer, but worth it IMO.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 3:57PM
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mickeyperreaud(z9AZ)

In Cave Creek water is $50.- a month and the first glass of water is extra! Some people have to pay extra for a pump if they have one on their line.
Had I known when we first moved here I would have put in a well.
I don't water that much and the bill is almost $100.- a month and that is just water.
Mickey

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 11:12PM
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Centurion_(Verde Valley AZ Z8)

87 bucks here in Cottonwood last month, and I was watering everything like crazy. Squash every day, tomatoes and fruit trees twice a week.

Water is cheap here, but our rates are about to go up by 15-20%.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 2:56PM
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campv

Centurion your bill and mine were the same 9 posts up
I hope you are talking about rates in Cottonwood only. Not Camp Verde

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 6:52PM
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Centurion_(Verde Valley AZ Z8)

Pretty funny, CampV. I was watering a lot, also. As far as I know...the rate increase is just for us.

The good news is...this next bill will be much lower.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 7:32PM
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ernie85017

Now that the tomatoes and cukes are done, my bill is down all the way to $127.

Never, ever, put in raised beds. They drain fast and need watering more frequently. i have two big ones in the front. Even the one with desert plants needs more water than they would in ground.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 6:05PM
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Centurion_(Verde Valley AZ Z8)

Ernie, are you mulching? I use straw, and I pile it on 6 inches thick. It helps a lot.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 6:59PM
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