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Subject:  Re: Water! Date:  10/5/2012  2:23 AM
Author:  fleg9bo Number:  122397 of 128651

Where do you live? My water bills tend to run under $25/month.

I live in a suburb of Portland, thought by many to be the water capital of the U.S. Here's a breakdown of our water bill:

Dates of service: 7/16 to 9/18, two months and a few days, including the hottest days of the year.

Fixed Rates:
Water $40.06
Sewer $119.99
Surface Water $20.54
Street Maintenance $15.62
Total Fixed Rates $190.21

Water Usage:
Tier 1 $33.76
Tier 2 $ 48.32
Tier 3 $147.42
Total Water Usage $229.50

Add up the Total Fixed Rates and the Total Water Usage and you get $419.71. It's that Tier 3 water usage that's killing us -- most of which is for watering the @#$%^& lawn. Most of the year we don't need to do that.

The sewage rates went way up after the recent upgrade. And it was a huge project. They drained the lake that gives our burb its name and replaced the drainage pipe that ran along the bottom of it, as well as tearing up a lot of streets and building some new pump houses. We're paying for it now. Here's a photo of part of the project:

http://www.aaee.net/images/E32012GPDesign02.jpg

On the other hand, our gas bills were only $26 for the two-month period.

--fleg
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