How Much Does the Average Water Bill Cost?
Every household requires water for drinking, cooking, washing and cleaning. An additional amount goes towards small things such as flushing the toilet as well as watering the lawn. The amount of water you use is measured using a device known as a meter. It is fitted into pipes at the point where water flows to your house from the supplier. Every month, the utility company sends teams to your house and take note of the meter readings, or if you have a smart meter, this information will be sent electronically. This will then be calculated and a bill will be sent to your home.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of water consumed in a household depends on your habits, the season, number of people in your family, the type of home you live in, and your geographical location. On average, you should pay between $10 and $80 per month on the extreme end.
- In a condo or apartment, the water bill may be included with the rent or HOA dues.
- According to a forum thread on the website city-data.org, users claimed they paid anywhere from $10 to $60 per month.
- A USA Today article claimed that the average Atlanta bill is around $50 per month, while Philadelphia pays around $39 per month on average.
What is going to be included?
- Depending on your area, some companies may bill monthly while others will bill quarterly.
What are the extra costs?
- From time to time, there are extra costs that will push up your monthly water bill. Water companies may have to upgrade their infrastructure. This is important in order to replace aging pipes. As the population increases, there is a need for an expanding the supply network. These costs are passed on to the consumer.
Tips to know
- Water is a precious commodity. That means you have to use it economically in a way that avoids wastage.
- The average person uses about 40 to 80 gallons per day.
- While some rentals may include the water bill in your monthly rent, many others will not. The reason is that the water usage could be different from one tenant to the next and from one month to the next.
- If you feel that your water bill is too high, talk with your local water company. Most of the time, if they deem you have a case, they will send someone out to investigate the situation.
- If you think you have a leak, get it fixed as soon as possible. Toilets, faucets and irrigation systems are all known for leaking.
How to save water in your household
- Minimize the amount of water you use in the bathroom by reverting to showers instead of baths.
- When shaving or brushing teeth, make sure you have turned off the water.
- Avoid flushing your toilet every time. Flush when the water turns dark brown. Many people do not flush if there is only urine in the toilet.
- Do not flush things down the toilet that do not belong such as cigarette butts or other trash. Throwing them in the trash can will save about 5 gallons of water.
- In the kitchen, wait until the dishwasher is full before running it. This can also be helpful when doing laundry. Also, you may not need to wash your clothes every time you wear them depending on the situation. If you can avoid running the washing machine unnecessarily, your water bill could be lessened.
- Thaw frozen foods in a microwave or use the refrigerator.
- Avoid using running water for tasks such as doing dishes or brushing your teeth.
- When watering your lawn, do so during morning or evening hours. During this time, the rate of evaporation is low. Every little bit will help.
- Make sure that you check you pipes and faucets in the kitchen and bathroom for leaks and drips. If these go unnoticed, you will have a lot of water wasted.
- There are specific shower heads and faucets that you can install to save the flow of water. While these will be an extra cost up front, they will pay for themselves over time.
- Putting pre-cut foam insulation around your pipes will help the water to heat faster, which means you are not wasting water that is running while you wait for hot water.