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Huge water bill

Original post made by Broke, Country Fair, on Sep 24, 2010

My bill went from around $115 to $152. . .anyone else's skyrocket?

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Did your water usage go up? Check for leaks.


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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I just had a break in the line from the street where the copper from my house met the PVC from the meter. The fellow that fixed it said you can tell if you have a leak somewhere if the dial on the meter is spinning - because I guess usually you don't see it move.

I could actually tell I had a leak and approximately where it was because my front lawn was soaked in a certain area.

Leaks aside, if I'm not mistaken, the city recently raised the water rates eff 8/1/2010. I don't remember seeing a final notice, but here's the draft proposal. Web Link


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Posted by Karen
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 26, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Our bill went up about $25 too. Ughh....


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Posted by Concerned resident
a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 27, 2010 at 8:46 am

I would be thrilled if my bill was as low as $152. My last one was $250. Mine is never as low as $150 except in the winter when there is no outside water use. I think this latest bill is higher than the same time last year, but I think there was a rate increase recently and I think there is also tiered pricing now too so that you pay a higher rate per unit when your usage surpasses predetermined threshold usage levels. That part is like how PG&E charges for gas and electricity, with your per unit charge increasing as you use more. The only way to save money is to use less, to the extent that is possible.


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Posted by Tim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2010 at 8:58 am

If you are a senior, check to see if you got your senior discount. Over certain usage limits, the discount goes away.


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Posted by Karen
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 27, 2010 at 9:05 am

Our bill went up $30 from the last one.


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Posted by nature needs a drink
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Ours is always higher when the weather is hot and we water our lawns and plants more.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Siena
on Sep 28, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I just got my water bill in the mail. Yup---mine went up! I've lived here for 13 years, and it's never been this high. Last month's water bill was $91.58. This month's bill is $110.83.

My water usage has not gone up. As a matter of fact, I was out of town for a bit and there was nobody here for any water to be used!

Something seems fishy here.....Is it possible that there is a new water meter reader and they are not doing it correctly?


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Siena
on Sep 28, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Okay, I just got off the phone with the City's water department. In a nutshell, our rates went up. It varies according to where you live and what your "sewer" category is, but Pleasanton buys it's sewer rate from Dublin/San Ramon (I'm probably wording this wrong....this is all new to me). So our sewer rates have gone up, and it is pro-rated. Next month, the pro-rated increase will be at it's new level, so you should expect one more increase on your next bill.

As far as what they charge for water usage, I am a low-level water user which they call "Water Tier 1". I have always paid $1.55 per unit at the Tier 1 level, but our rates just went up and the new Tier 1 charge is $1.82 per unit.

Hopefully this makes sense. So, yes, everyone's water bill has gone up!!!


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