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Old 08-20-2014, 06:12 PM
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How much is your water bill?

Just received my latest water bill. $337. Single family home. No meter. I requested a meter to be installed last year (for my benefit they said. Hmmmm ) but when they came to connect it they said they couldn't do it because they didn't have enough room to access the main valve with their tools. They wanted me to uninstall the downstairs toilet before they could work on it. Personally, I think they're full of shit but that's neither here nor there. My question is, for those of you who have meters, how much is your water bill? I know it will be different for everyone but I just want to get a general idea of how much I'd be saving with a meter. Or how much I'm getting screwed without one. (or vice versa)

Previous bill was in March. So this bill is for 5 months service

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Old 08-20-2014, 06:25 PM
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$50 to $70 in the winter, $100 to $200 in the dry summer months when we water a lot.
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Old 08-20-2014, 06:47 PM
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$50 to $70 in the winter, $100 to $200 in the dry summer months when we water a lot.
Meter or no? Time period?

Your profile says Pacific North west. This is Chicago I'm asking about.

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Old 08-20-2014, 07:01 PM
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Meter or no? Time period?

Your profile says Pacific North west. This is Chicago I'm asking about.
sorry, didn't notice the forum. Disregard. (but meter)
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:39 PM
Alley Dweller Alley Dweller is online now
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Remember that metered bills are sent monthly and non-metered bills are semi-annual. Semi-annual bills are much more civilized.

Any way, my last non-metered bill in March was $320.
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Old 08-20-2014, 09:42 PM
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Metered, two people in a single family home. No watering of the lawn. Our first bill was in the neighborhood of $45. I think it was rounded to 3000 gallons.
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:02 PM
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I believe I get a water bill 3 times a year, they're usually about $140 each.
It should be mentioned that I live, literally, a few blocks off of a Great Lake and I think that makes our water much cheaper. Droughts don't effect us, we don't have water shortages, we don't have desalinization plants, most of the storm sewers drain directly into the lake (or nearby rivers) so they don't have to be treated as sanitary sewage and with that, after raw sewage is treated it's pushed out into the lake so we don't have reservoirs to deal with.


Also, I've never heard of anyone not having a water meter, I'm not sure how that would work.
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:07 AM
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Wow! Water's the cheapest utility bill we have around here in NW Arkansas (at most $70). I am also curious if the OP's price is typical price in Chicago. I'd expect that price more in a desert, unless you just use a ton of water...
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:49 AM
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We're in the northern suburbs of Chicago, annual bill last year was a bit over $500, more expensive in summer (we have a lawn sprinkler system) -- probably would have been more like $350 - 400 without it.
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:54 AM
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Sorry, should have mentioned that our $45/mo bill is in the Chicago burbs.
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Old 08-21-2014, 12:02 PM
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Nothing. I rent a condo and the HOA pays the water bill.

Woooooooooo.
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:03 PM
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Chicago burbs. One bathroom single family home. About $80-$100 per quarter.
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:27 PM
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About $10-15 a month, average. I live alone in a single-family 3BR house, practice xeriscaping, and do not water my lawn.

The water service here is part of the city-owned public utility. So I guess that means it's metered -- there's an electronic smart meter that measures electricity, gas, and water usage. I think the meter "readers" drive around, capturing the data from people's smart meters and then you get your bill.

The fire department, sewer, garbage and recycling programs are all on this same single bill I get from the city. So that's nice -- when you move here, you make one phone call and all your shit is turned on.
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:36 PM
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Located in the Land Beyond O'Hare (Chicago NW suburb). Average $40 per month for Chicago (Lake Michigan) water and local sewer. Double that during a few hot summer months.

$40 per month is $200 for 5 months and $480 per year.
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:09 PM
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Remember that metered bills are sent monthly and non-metered bills are semi-annual. Semi-annual bills are much more civilized.

Any way, my last non-metered bill in March was $320.
Mine too. And I just looked at the bill from last August. It was $287. That's an annual increase of about 18%. There is good news though. Homeowners age 65 and over are entitled to the Senior Exemption. That's where you get a break on the sewer portion of the water service. I'll be 65 in Nov. so that should reduce my next bill substantially. You do have to apply for it though. See the city of Chicago website for details.
There is also a property tax break for seniors. I guess there really is a silver lining on the cloud of old age.
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Old 08-30-2014, 01:54 PM
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I got a bill just this week for May1 - Oct31.
It is $365, single floor home @21ft wide, hose frontage 31"-62".
The water and sewer charges are within a couple bucks of each other.
This seems really high, I'm thinking of going metered.

I still don't know what hose frontage means, I'd asked here on the board and wrote the city but nada.
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:49 PM
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What information do they use to generate the bill if the usage is not metered?
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:59 PM
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Single family home in Edgewater. There's usually four people living at home at a given moment. Paid $416 on my last bill (We don't have a meter). I'm pretty sure I get three bills a year.
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Old 08-31-2014, 03:18 AM
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Question. How is it determined how much you owe if you do not have a meter?
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:27 AM
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The non-metered water & sewer rate seems to be based on a couple things.
Per my recent bill, there is a box called Assessment Details and has two lines.
My bill says:
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   1 FLRS 21' WIDE BLDG           $xx.xx
(0001) HOSE FRONTAGE  31"-62"     $xx.xx
The first line describes the service address. It is a single floor, 21 foot wide building. It does make me wonder if there are other types besides 'BLDG' such as perhaps an empty lot with a hose spigot.
The second line is this mysterious Hose Frontage. The more I think about it, the more I suspect the double quotes are an error. Most lots here in my neighborhood (Jeff Park) are 30 feet wide but mine is oversized and would fall into the 31-62 feet bin.
Can anyone else with a Chicago bill confirm?

Anyway, it would make sense that a larger dwelling and larger lot might use more water and sewage services. However, I live alone and seldom sprinkle the lawn so metering probably makes sense for me. I just hate that you can't go back if you guess wrong and there's no easy way to estimate one's actual usage.

Needless to say, the City's Water & Sewer Rates page does nothing to clear it up and, actually, seems written to simply show the steady rate hikes over the years. It does show that a figure is calculated for water and the sewage is an ever increasing percentage of that amount. Next year is 100%!

Fake edit: I was poking around and found this link which explains things a little better:
https://www.metersave.org/
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:15 AM
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Brother's house (now deceased and we just closed on his house) on the south side (Beverly) was about $400 semi-annually. His was non-metered also. He didn't water his lawn, did laundry infrequently. I think the amount he paid was a total rip-off.
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Old 09-12-2014, 01:44 PM
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water bill

My water usage is combined with the power. we are on an equal payment plan of $180.00 that is adjusted every October. This month our water usage was only $22.93 for our split-entry home in the Salt Lake City, Wasatch area.

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Old 09-13-2014, 12:43 AM
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Nothing. I rent a condo and the HOA pays the water bill.

Woooooooooo.
Yep. I'm in a high rise condo at the lakefront in Edgewater and my water bill is $0. It's part of the assessments but since that includes all sorts of things including electric, water, sewer, cable, general maintenance, lawn care, trash removal, etc., it is almost impossible to know how much my water bill would be.
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