How Much Does the Average Water Bill Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

 

How Much Does the Average Water Bill Cost?
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How much does the average water bill cost?

The cost of an average water bill will depend on your local cost of living, the size of your household and the amount of water you use.  Typically billed together with the water and sewer, most average four-person households will see a water bill in the $25 to $75 per month range.  We scoured the Internet to find the average monthly water bill for residents across the United States and included the prices we had found inside our table below:

Geographical LocationHousehold SizeAverage Monthly Water Bill
Atlanta, GA3 bed, 2 bath, 3 people$46
Baltimore, MD3 bed, 2 bath, 4 people$33
Boise, ID3 bed, 2 bath, 4 people$16 in winter; $32 in summer due to lawn watering
Cleveland, OH3 bed, 2 bath, 4 people$30
Detroit, MI2 bed, 1 bath, 1 person$32
Orlando, FL3 bed, 2 bath, 4 people$45
Philadelphia, PA2 bed, 1 bath, 2 people$25
Phoenix, AZ3 bed, 2 bath, 4 people$37
Portland, OR2 bed, 1 bath, 2 people$34
Raleigh, NC4 bed, 2 bath, 5 people$70
Salt Lake City, UT2 bed, 1 bath, 2 people$22
San Marcos, TX1 bed, 1 bath apartment, 1 person$15
St. Louis, MO2 bed, 1 bath, 2 people$17
Traverse City, MI4 bed, 3 bath, 5 people$29
Yucca Valley, CA2 bed, 1 bath, 2 people$22

These prices, according to a Circle of Blue study have increased more than 41 percent since 2010 as result due to droughts and failing infrastructure.  The study also claimed the average cost is about $40 per month based on 100 gallons of usage per person, per day.

Another study on MyFirstApartment.com claimed the average water bill for a one bedroom apartment was $32, whereas a two bedroom cost an average of $55 per month.  A three+ bedroom would cost closer to $98 per month.

The Hamilton Project created a handy infographic, showcasing the largest cities in the United States, along with the corresponding prices, assuming each household consumed 11,220 gallons.  Jacksonville, Florida, for example, averaged $25 per month, while Seattle, Washington, being the most expensive on the graphic, would cost closer to $70 per month.

What are the extra costs?

Aside from your water usage, additional fees may be charged, depending on your water utility company.  This may include a water service turn-on charge, a service charge, permit fee, installation cancellation fee, delinquent service charge, return check charge, tampering fee, non-meter installation, ball valve installation, meter relocation and/or accuracy test.

Tips to know

In some cases, your water bill may be tied to your HOA fees if you live in a condo setting.  Refer to your HOA documentation to see if it’s included.


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Average Reported Cost: $53.67

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Ballew (Muskogee ,  Oklahoma) paid $93 and said:

    Seems too much

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Stacey (Acworth,  Georgia) paid $ and said:

    97.00

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. Alicia (Palm coast,  Florida) paid $68 and said:

    Was it worth it? Yes

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