Why was my water bill high?

Have you received a water bill that seems unusually high?  Your water bill could be higher than normal for a number of reasons.  Below are some ways you can troubleshoot to see why your bill is high.

  • Has the amount of water you’ve been using changed?  Have you had houseguests for an extended period of time?  For your reference, we have attached a chart below that lists typical daily and weekly routines and how the amount of water used can add up over a month.
  • There could be a leaking faucet or a running toilet in your home.  Check for a possible leak by turning off everything in the house and then going out and looking at the water meter.  It should not be moving at all.  If it is moving, you have a leak somewhere in your house. Please contact City Hall if you see that you have a leak and need us to shut your water off while it is repaired.

“It is only a small leak” – even small leaks can result in large amounts of water being lost.  For your reference, we have attached a chart below to demonstrate how even the smallest of leaks can lose thousands of gallons of water if not repaired quickly.

  • During the summer months, watering your lawn more frequently is the most common reason a bill can be high.  If you use a hose to water, did you forget to go back out and turn it off?
  • Also, during summer months, did you fill a swimming pool with a garden hose?  Or maybe use a pressure washer to clean the deck and driveway? At four gallons per minute, pressure washing for four hours can use 960 gallons or over a unit of water.

Water loss chart