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Their water bill for the same period as ours was $1,400.

I suspect a leaking toilet or two. Those "pulse" as the water level drops slowly in the holding tank, then refill when nobody's looking. A leaking toilet can drain away 10,000 to 25,000 gallons a month. Yet if you are out at the water meter during the 10 minutes when the toilet isn't refilling, you would never know.

Red food dye in tank, come back 10 minutes later, see if it has moved to the bowl. If so, repair, usually the flapper, sometimes more.

Also, if they wait long to get hot water to a sink or shower (and turn on the water and watch it run down the drain), consider a water recirculating pump; easy to install, about $250 (IIRC) from Laing Technologies. Goes right under the sink, typically uses the hoses that are already there. Requires electricity, which may or may not be available there (but is always close by.) I have two for exactly that reason.

But that extra $100 was mainly for watering the #$%&^@ lawn during the two hot months, with the result that the lawn looks only marginally patchier than it did in June. Let it turn brown as nature intended, I say. DW says something else.

Rain barrels; 50 gallons for about $100. One time price. That's only enough to do about 100 sq ft at a time, but with one at each corner of the house maybe you can make a difference, depending on the size of your lot. And you win twice, because you are not paying the sewage price on water which doesn't go in - or out.
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