We got our first water bill today. And all I can say is YIKES!!! We are less than .2 acre. We have had 3 sprinklers running every day over our Sod. (We weren't going to worry about the seeded backyard and hay yet. Thank GOD we did that).
When we first moved in, the sprinklers were set to water every few hours. After about a week or 2, we mentioned something to our PM in passing that it was still starting to die on us. He said that you don't want to over water your Sod. It can grow fungus under it, and as you can guess, kill it. So we moved our timers to go off once every 12 hours and that's where it's stayed. (Remember, I'm in the South...it's HAWT!!! lol So we need to keep it from frying).
When the bill came today I about fell out of my chair.
We still live in the same city. So we still use the company and there is no price change. Our reg. water bill is around the average of $55-$60. I knew we'd have a higher bill. I was thinking in the $100-$125 range. Nope. I was way off. Our bill was for $200 and some change!! WHAT!!! Approx. $87 of it was in Sewer charges.
Do we have a leak?
So we called. Nope. No leak. Sewer price is gauged on water use. She told us that when we use the water, it has to go back to the plant and get "fixed". Um...no. This water went into the ground. We just built a new house and are trying to get the lawn going. It wasn't going back to the plant to get filtered or what have you. Was there anything they could do?
Unfortunately, that doesn't make any difference. We were told pretty much "tough luck". =/ Some other counties in my area do give discounts, but not ours. So that's something for ya'll to check on where you are building
So watch the water bills guys! Especially if you're watering the lawn. I'm glad our lawn isn't bigger! For anyone building this time of year though. you may not have it as rough. The weather is getting cooler so your yards won't scorch as easily.
I wanted to pass along the info. Hope it helps some of ya'll out!