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|Subject: Re: Water!||Date: 10/5/2012 2:23 AM|
|Author: fleg9bo||Number: 122397 of 128074|
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.
Surface Water $20.54
Street Maintenance $15.62
Total Fixed Rates $190.21
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:
On the other hand, our gas bills were only $26 for the two-month period.
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