Residential - High Water Bills
Concerned about high water bills? There are various factors that may contribute to high water consumption and thus water cost.
The most common cause of higher water costs is irrigation. In the intense hot summer weather, it is expected that water usage will increase because of landscape irrigation. Watering times generally double during the summer months compared to winter months. Though recommended watering times will vary depending on types of plants and irrigation systems, excessive watering is one of the main causes of high consumption. If you have an automated irrigation system, it's wise to check the valves & timer(s) periodically to be sure the system is functioning properly. Remember, if a sprinkler valve sticks on, it has the potential of wasting an extremely large quantity of water.
Some other common factors which affect water consumption are leaks, use of evaporative coolers, air conditioning pre-coolers, leaking toilets and swimming pools. Of course, evaporative coolers, pre-coolers and swimming pools will account for increased usage during the summer months under normal circumstances. But routine maintenance & checking of this equipment can prevent leaks and other malfunctions that increase water use.
Water leaks are a major concern for home-owners. The easiest way to determine if there is a leak on your property is to check the water meter. See “How to Read Your Meter.”
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