Just got my water bill. It says 16500 gallons in 93 days. That is 177
gallons per day. I am beginning to wonder if that is possible. Every
bill seems to show usage somewhat higher than the last one. I am not
standing in the shower for an hour every morning. If there was a leak
out in the yard wouldn't there be a soggy area? Thanks.
Not if your ground is porous enough. Pick a time when you don't need
water, like overnight or when everyone is at work. Turn off the ice
maker and anything else you have that might use water. Check the
meter. Check it again at the end of the day or in the morning.
You have a leak. Just keep ignoring it, and pay the bill. Wait until you find a
soggy area to do anything. Then pay that bill, and the following ones until the
water pressure is insufficient to take a shower. Then call around and see if you
can find someone to fix it.
Or, fix it before the multi-hundred dollar bills arrive. How many clues do you
99.9%, roughly, of unexplained water use is leaking toilets. drop
some food colouring in the tank when you leave the house and see if
the bowl is coloured when you get back.
Bet that shows you something.
177 gal / day is certainly possible, and it may even be normal for a
large family. I average about 50-55 gal / day for one person, a bit more
in the summer with lawn watering and car washing.
I once had a 3/4" line blow after my meter and in about a day it dumped
about 20,000 gal. It gave me a nice green strip of lawn and about $60
extra on that bill. Just a couple months ago a 4" main let go between my
house and my neighbors and it created quite a lake before they got that
Sure it is possible. Comes out to almost 65000gallons a year.
My family of 4 *averages* that over the last 10years-- but has used
twice that one year when I had a construction project going on. We
don't water lawns very often-- car washes are infrequent and only in
summer. The laundry gets a workout-- and I just finished raising 2
kids. [well-- sort of finished. got some finishing touches to do, but
otherwise their 'done'.
How many folks in your house? How long have you been there?
Where is your meter? Any buried leaks would not show on mine. The
meter is in the basement & I don't have any irrigation lines.
Where's that? TWIAVBP.
Move to the NE US- we've got plenty of water in most communities.
during drought years there are sometimes restrictions on *when* you
can water your lawn, fill your pool, or wash your car. [they lump
them all under 'outside use'.]
Still see businesses who have programmed their sprinklers to water
every other day, 4-7AM, watering during a downpour.
Is ALL your water softened?
Around here most toilets use unsoftened water and often the cold water
tap in the kitchen is unsoftened - as well as all outside taps.
Wouls sure make up the difference in a hurry.
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote the following:
Yes, my softener is the next appliance after the pressure tank for the well.
My sillcock line and a filtered line for a kitchen sink drinking water
faucet is tapped in between the pressure tank and the softener though,
so that water would not be metered by the softener.
I realize that some softeners are installed in the cold water inlet of
the water heater, so only the hot water is softened, but mine is where
the Culligan man installed it.
Our water is so hard we soften it right at the incoming pipe as close to the
meter as we could get!. If we didn't soften the cold water every pipe and
hose would get clogged tight with deposits in about a year. Our unsoftened
water tastes fantastic, just VERY tough on the fixtures. We run the softened
water through a filtered dispenser we keep in the fridge and that's what we
I respectfully disagree to the posters saying "look for soggy ground and
other "outside the home" ... Perhaps I am missing something here, but the
water meter is read on the side of the house or in colder climates inside
the house , generally basement... The owner of the home will pay based on
what his meter is reading at the end of the month....So based on that a
water main break outside the home wouldn't be read on the meter..... perhaps
the OP could tell us in what location and proximity to the house his meter
is? If the meter is 20 of 30 feet away from the home then yes these
possibilities of him paying for a water break underground to the home is
possible...If his meter is in the home then he is obviously using that
amount of water. Another point is the meter may be old and could be running
out of calibration. Lots of other points to think about besides looking for
wet spots... Just my .02 cents worth... Jim
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