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Common Causes of a High Water Bill

The average American consumes 110 gallons of water in a day. But if your water bill reflects usage that’s out of the ordinary for your family, there may be more going on. A number of issues can cause a spike in your monthly water bill, including problems with appliances and fixtures around the house. If you’re certain that your bill doesn’t reflect your family’s daily water usage, it’s time to take a look around.

The most common causes of increased water usage include the following.

1. Leaking Appliances

Did you know a leaky faucet can cause a high water bill? Let’s do the math. If you have three faucets in your home and each of them drips once every minute, that’s a liter of water each day! One liter a day equals 104 gallons of water each year. And that’s just a faucet. A small toilet leak can waste up to 30 gallons of water each day.

It’s important to make a habit of checking your home’s plumbing, including faucets — indoor and outdoor — and toilets. Checking every couple of months will help you detect leaks quickly and prevent an unexpectedly high water bill.

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Watering Do’s and Don’ts

Water your yard early in the morning and soak the ground thoroughly so that it penetrates to a depth of at least 3″. While the amount of water needed will vary depending on your climate, the weather, and the time of year; the general rule of thumb is to make sure your lawn receives 1″ of water to your lawn per week during dry conditions.

To see how much water your grass is actually receiving, put several containers with straight sides—such as a coffee mug, metal can, or plastic container—on the ground around the yard while you are watering. Then use a ruler to measure the depth of the water in the container.

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