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We recently moved from a place on septic to one on sewer. I was amazed when we got our first sewer bill. $46 a month!
Is this the norm? Please post what you pay for sewer. And whether it's a flat rate or based on water consumption or some other criteria. Thanks.
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On 3/15/2013 12:11 PM, Larry Blanchard wrote:

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On Fri, 15 Mar 2013 16:11:51 +0000 (UTC), Larry Blanchard

Bettter than $25,000 in fees they wanted from my Uncle to change from septic to sewer, in the northwest burbs of Chicago.
The charge does not seem out of line.
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"Markem" wrote in message wrote:

No it doesn't.... Depending upon usage (tied to water consumption) my sewer bill runs $61-$70 per month...
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My bill it tied to water usage as well. My sewer is about $15 a month based on the city minimum for water usage which is about $25.
I am a single man living smaller house with no water usage other than shower, hand washing dishes and toilet operation.
So if yours is based on water usage and you have more than yourself in the household and run dishwashers, take long showers, water the lawn, keep a garden, obsessively wash clothes, etc.... I can see it.
Robert
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

usage to negate summer usage in pools, irrigation and car washing. I thought that was fair.
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On 3/15/2013 10:41 AM, John Grossbohlin wrote:

It may or may not be. It's heavily dependent on your location.
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Suburb of Atlanta, GA. Sewer rates are roughly twice the cost of water.
3000 gallons of water $8.49 sewer $16.23
Note that there is no allowance for irrigation of lawn or garden - sewer cost is based on water used, which is only reported to the nearest 1000 gallons.
If there was space in the yard and I had the $$, there'd be a 15,000 or 20,000 gallon tank for collecting rainwater. I already do that, but on a small scale - about 350 gallons of storage.

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Waste water treatment fee, based on your water usage. Almost all water usa ge during the winter goes into the sewer system. Some of the water used in the summer (gardening, etc) does not go into the sewer system, so the sewe r fee is adjusted, during the summer, for that (gardening, etc) allowance.
As stated, in general, it's about double (mine's a bit more) than your wate r usage fee.
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On 3/15/2013 10:11 AM, Larry Blanchard wrote:

during winter months. But the summer water use is designed to encourage rationing. For example, if I use twice the amount of winter usage in the summer my price per CCF can get pretty steep. And the more I use the steeper it gets. %$#&*^%$#@
Max
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On 3/15/2013 12:29 PM, MaxD wrote:

Lose the dishwasher. It's evil.
Why would anybody want to use 50 gallons of water to wash their dishes??
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On 03/15/2013 04:07 PM, Richard wrote:

When I lived with my Dad, every evening we would get up from the supper table and do the dishes. We would take turns on who would wash and who would dry. And a couple nights a week we would travel to the drug store in town with a counter and pester the waitress.
Fond memories...
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On 3/15/2013 5:15 PM, practice wrote:

economical as washing dishes in the sink. The trick is to only run it when it is full, not after every meal.
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On 3/15/2013 5:03 PM, Keith Nuttle wrote:

I took it out and replaced it with a stack of drawers anyway. We don't save dirty dishes that long.
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On 03/15/2013 08:29 PM, Richard wrote:

Ah, soooo - more room for clean ones to through out when dirty ;-)
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On 03/15/2013 08:38 PM, Doug Winterburn wrote:

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On 3/16/2013 12:10 AM, Doug Winterburn wrote:

Ok.
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On 3/16/2013 1:10 AM, Doug Winterburn wrote:

Why should I make it throw? You made the misteak. I never make misteaks.
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On 03/15/2013 02:07 PM, Richard wrote:

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Doug Winterburn wrote:

My Kenmore uses a variable amount of water, depending on the cycle and load. From a minimum of about 2.5 gallons to almost five.
My sink holds 4.5 gallons, so it's about a push between the dishwasher and doing things by hand.
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