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When Might I Receive a More Expensive Water Bill?
If you’re receiving an expensive water bill in the spring, what kinds of behaviors can cause this bill to cost more? Households may increase their water usage during the spring months as precipitation decreases and temperatures rise, said Riggs Eckelberry, founder and CEO of OriginClear.
What Can You Do To Reduce Water Bills?
The first step is as simple as looking at your water billing statement.
“Water rates may also increase, and usage penalties may go into effect during the hotter months, especially if you’re in a drought-prone area,” Eckelberry said.
Eckelberry recommends asking if you are using more water or if the rates have gone up. If you find the answer is the former, Eckelberry said to consider if you are using more water (i.e., taking longer showers, landscaping projects which require more watering or getting pool refills) or if you have a leak somewhere in your home, such as a leaky faucet or always running toilet.
Those who find it is a leak can work with a plumber to check for leaks and get them fixed. Eckelberry said homeowners can also invest in low-flow toilets, washing machines that use less water and opt for drought-resistant landscaping.
Another initial expense that can help homeowners decrease their water usage over time is a greywater recycling system. “This system takes the lightly used greywater from places like washing machines and showers and reuses it for things like irrigation,” Eckelberry said.