Bills increase for variable reasons, listed below are some of the most common:
- Leaks – toilet, faucets, slab, pipe, etc.
- Sprinkler System – leak, incorrect settings or broken sprinkler head. Also, if there has been a power outage and your sprinkler timer’s back-up battery is missing or dead, you may lose all of your program settings and the default settings can become active, which can potentially increase your watering days and watering times.
- Outdoor watering hose left running.
- Frequent refilling of swimming pool. Evaporation, wind and splashing can cause up to 1/4" to 1/2" loss of water per day in the summer and 1/8" to 1/4" per day in the winter. For pools that have automatic refillers, owners often fail to notice the amount used until their next water bill arrives.
- Occupancy increase - Kids home during summer break, house guests during the holidays, etc.
- Changes in daily behaviors - Hotter weather may result in extra showers, children playing in sprinklers, etc. to cool off from the summer heat.
- Theft of service.
If you would like to have your meter read again or its devices checked, contact the Water Department at 817-427-6200.