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How much is your TAP WATER?

After 8 years the city I live in may have finally fixed our water meter (long story!)

-> But when I do the math I find that the water and sewer charges amount to almost exactly 1 dollar a gallon.

30 Cubic Feet of water and the bill was 221 bucks for 3 months.

A cubic foot of water is 7.48 gallons so that's 221/224.4 or 0.985 a gallon. We're near Boston, MA, USA.

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newest bill

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in July we used 103, gallons used in hundreds,cost was 43.71 that includes 7.98 for arsenic surcharge! and 2.69 tax plus the water usage tax of.07! Before the arsenic surcharge we averaged about 35.00 a month. interesting, the bill tells me we use 355 gallons a day, WOW!

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Expensive tap water.

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What are you doing, bathing yourself with evian?
A dollar per gallon? Come again?
What's in it? Viagra?

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Go get your bill

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Share the cubic feet, the grand total...

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Cubic feet?

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My feet are oblong with five little wiggly nubs I call toes.

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Are you sure it's 30 cubic feet and not

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30 feet cubed? That would be 27000 cubic feet. We pay for sewer at a higher rate than water. Sewer charges are based on water usage with the presumption that what comes out of the faucets and such also goes down the drain. Summer water charges get very high if lawn and garden watering is done because we pay sewer charges for what goes on top of the soil.

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that's why I like my septic tank

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I pay only water charges for the supplied water, no sewage beyond the bogus "clean bay" charge tacked on, even though I'm probably 8-10 miles from the bay. I pay $120 about every 3 years to have the tank pumped and can let it go 5 years if I had to. In 20 years I've only had to snake the drain field once, myself, with a rented rooter. Each time it's pumped I will dump about $20 (50 pounds) of lye from local farm supply into the cleaner water so it will clear any sludge in the drain field and continue to keep a root free zone around it. I guess that would make my sewage charge about $50-60 per year for the past 20 years, until this past year when they added that "clean bay" charge even against septic tank owners who were nowhere near the bay nor any tributary that drains to it. Since it's a "feel good" tax that all the "greenies" love, probably won't be able to see it overturned in coming years.

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We have a well. Of course, if it ever gores dry or the pump breaks....big bucks.

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My mom's well supplied sweet water for years...

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... but with the advent of more and more users in the area drawing the water table down, the water has taken on a decidedly odd taste. She also suffers the occasional sediment coming through the lines since the bottom of the well is drier now, and is prone to cave ins if too much water is drawn over a short period of time.

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I had to switch my florida property to city water

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we had good well water there for over 50 years, but then the city maintenance yard used old fuel tanks in the ground since before WWII which had been abandoned by the previous service station owner. They'd began leaking and was cheaper to shut down the business since the highway traffic had been rerouted anyway. Years later the city bought the property and decided to use the existing tanks and put lots of gasoline contamination into the groundwater. I ended up filing and getting the state of Florida to reimburse the hookup costs for city water. We can only use the well water now for non potable use such as yard watering. To my knowledge the community has never been fined and has benefitted from the ground water pollution by forcing others onto it's water and sewer system. I found the sewer part and won, so still get to have existing septic tank use which keeps the water rate down. Since I don't currently live on the property and the rental there has it's own meter I pay little, just the mandatory monthly hookup fee of about $6-7.

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Ok, I looked it up

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1 CCF = 100 cubic feet. My last water bill shows 23 CCF used so that would be 2300 cubic feet so that calculates to 17204 gallons. The water charge was 59.01. Dividing $ by volume gets me about 3 gallons for a penny. Because they figure sewer, storm water and "clean river" charges into the bill, it comes to just short of a penny a gallon.

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That's the issue.

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What are they measuring. The bill is plainly "cubic feet" and not CCF.

Thanks for this and I'll be calling the city today over this since there is another issue is they don't report if the bill is an estimate. Their system is HARD CODED to tell everyone that the meter is read, even when it was an estimate.

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Something doesn't look right

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This would mean your usage is only about 75 gallons per month. Toilets, washing machines and showers would likely be your highest usage devices....if you adhere to proper hygiene standards. Happy Even low capacity toilet tanks are going to go through much more than 75 gallons a month in the great majority of homes. We have a mechanical meter in the house that connects to some sort of electrical device wired to an outside meter. It's supposed to be read quarterly. Occasionally they want to come into the house and make sure the two readings match. I had the outside meter fail once and didn't notice until a rather low water/sewer bill arrived. I called the utility company and they came out and replaced the meter but added an estimated charge to the next bill to cover what they think they lost. Gee.... I thought the act of honesty in reporting the bad meter should have been rewarded with some free drinks. Grin

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Thanks for the feedback. The city is going to correct this

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Correct the billing to note CCF and not CF. HUGE difference.

As to our usage, we've never really known in 8 years here. The city took that long to select a new meter and get funding to the water department. This is our third meter and only after this weeks fiasco of them breaking one valve after another did I look closely at the bill.

Here's hoping their new meter actually works.

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Water department near Boston.

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Here's a page for Cambridge which is near Boston, so should be similar to your area too.
picture of the meter in your area too.

Locate your meter. It is probably in the cellar or basement, somewhere near your other utilities(furnace and water heater). Clean off the top of the meter(dust) so that you can read the numbers. Record all of the white digits. We bill for each 100 cubic feet(cuft). Your reading will be rounded to the nearest 100 cuft. You can use this number to compare to your water bill if you wish. The black digits are tenths and hundredths of cubic feet, you can use these numbers to detemine if you have a leak. By reading your meter, you can determiine how much water you use in a day. If you have a leak or how much water it took to fill your pool. By reading all digits prior to leaving in the morning, and when you return home for the day, you can see if any water is leaking through a faucet or down your toilet. Also, when you receive your bill, you can verify that the meter was correctly read. You may be surprised at how much water you use in a day.

Looks like you're getting charged for "clean bay" or harbor tax too.

Q: How is my bill calculated?

A: The City has established a "block rate" system which charges on a graduated rate based on usage. For example, if your water usage was 120 cubic feet, your bill is calculated in the following manner: the first 10 cubic feet are charged at $2.22, the next 90 cubic feet at $2.40, and the final 20 cubic feet at $2.53. The sum of those calculations would give you a total bill of $288.80. This same logic applies to the sewer charge.

Q: Why is my sewer bill so much larger than my water bill?

A: The City of Cambridge pays a sewer assessment of approximately $14 million each year to the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority to cover the cost of the Boston Harbor clean-up as well as on-going MWRA sewer services. This cost is passed on to Cambridge citizens through the sewer rate.

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Wow. Only 32 cents a gallon? I bet they made the same error

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There's a 100 fold difference from cf to ccf.

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Thanks to everyone. My question answered.

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This all comes down to my city's billing and their dropping the c from ccf. Dumb it seems but the first two city clerks didn't see a problem.

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Cheap here.

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Water supply and treatment, but not sewer, still owned privately, which drives the city crazy. Two guys can do what the city uses 6 to do.

Out treatment plant is near where I live. The utility has leased excess property to our neighborhood association for a neighborhood-only park. It is beside the reservoir that migrating fowl often frequent .

My son pays the bill, so I can't break it down/

2 users here Billed every 2 months. In summer when plants need watering averages $45. Rest of year under $30. That includes sewer, which is 2 times what water usage is.

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Sorry, here at home its well water. BUT! I had to recently replace the pump and it was different from what I was using and thus did a complete make-over to stay current and new.

I'll try to find our city bill for the family business. We use alot of water for a "food type" operation. Clean, clean, is our motto no matter is its a spoon. -----Willy Happy

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Calulate your water bill

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