Those that were asking about my utility bills

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  1. FarmboyBill

    FarmboyBill Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I finished off paying my electric bill today $150.22. Paid $35 on my regular $22.27 water bill, Still got $249 to go.
    Im going to take a reading every day when I go get the mail. I noticed that a coupling at the meter was wet. Anybody else notice that at their meter? It said I used 607 gal last month. I sure don't see how.
     
  2. RichNC

    RichNC Well-Known Member

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    I still think you have a leak somewhere.
     
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  3. Terri

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    If you shut off all of the faucets in the house and the meter is still showing motion then you have a leak.
     
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  4. FarmboyBill

    FarmboyBill Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yes, but I only run the hyd to spray my seeds in my cold frame, flush the toilet once or twice, wash dishes, shave, brush my teeth, and take my pills.
     
  5. FarmboyBill

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    IF it warms up enough today, and I remember to do it, Im gonna try to find a garden trowl and go down and dig out the dirt around the bottom of the meter. Its simi mud like.
     
  6. RichNC

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    Did you do what Terri said and shut everything off and then go see if the meter is still running?
     
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  7. frogmammy

    frogmammy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Should NOT be wet at the meter!

    Maybe some people can give you comparisons on what THEY use. I'm no use on this as the city I live in does NOT have meters, we pay by the number of rooms in the house.

    You NEED to let your water company know that you have a leak. If you don't, you stand the chance that when they DO discover a problem, they'll continue to "charge you the amount that you've already been using" until they make the repairs...in spite of the fact that you're NOT using it, it's draining away! Been there, done that!

    Mon
     
  8. Terri

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    With most places any leak between the meter and the house is the responsibility of the home owner. But, if the meter itself leaks it is THEIR responsibility.
     
  9. mmoetc

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    607 gallons is only 20 gallons per day. Flushing the toilet twice uses 3 gallons. I notice you didn’t list baths, showers or cooking water. Your use is far below average.
     
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  10. FarmboyBill

    FarmboyBill Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My Fri reading was 12889520
    My Sat reading was 12890487
    My Sun reading is 12891716
     
  11. FarmboyBill

    FarmboyBill Well-Known Member Supporter

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    ALSO, My neighbor told me that once when he had just moved there, that the county hooked his meter. He didn't see it for several hours. He called the W Dist. They came out sometime the next day and fixed it. They still charged him for the FULL amount of water lost.
     
  12. rkintn

    rkintn mean people suck

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    2196 for 3 days...seems high.
     
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  13. rkintn

    rkintn mean people suck

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    Get it fixed...they can only charge you for the lost water once.
     
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    I am going to ask you again did you do what Terri said and turn off all the water in the house and go out and see if the meter is still running?
     
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  15. geo in mi

    geo in mi Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A leak before it goes through the meter won't register on your bill. A leak after it goes through the meter will. Start digging.

    geo
     
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    I have had several leaks in the same spot. The elbow where the line comes out of the meter to come to the house. The bottom of that elbow will develop a hole in this rocky ground and leak will go straight down, doesn't show any signs above ground at all. Your leak seems to be growing exponentially . My water will discount the bill if you show proof of repair. Doesn't pay all but does help. I seldom use much over the minimum. I have had monthly bill exceed the yearly cost though when the leak returns.
     
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  17. Bearfootfarm

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    You need to do what Terri said if you want to see if there's a leak.
    You shouldn't be seeing any wet spots anywhere on your side of the meter.

    Save a few jugs/buckets of water to use for a day or two and do the test to see if the meter continues to run with all all the valves shut off. Use the buckets to flush the toilet.
     
  18. Bearfootfarm

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    Call the water company and have them check it.
    Then if they break something they will have to fix it.
    If you break something you will be in a bind.
     
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  19. Bearfootfarm

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    That's meaningless.
    Do the test with all valves closed.
     
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  20. AmericanStand

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    If you are using 600 gallons a month you are probably still paying the minimum.