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How much for water?

WTF I just got my first water bill and it's $250 (for may-oct). I have a non-metered account, rarely uses the water, I have no backyard pool, never water the lawn. What gives? I have nothing to compare to since I came from a condo and never bother with that. But that seem excessive.

Should I volunteer for a water meter? Or should I leave the sinks on 24hr (cold water only) and buy a sprinkler and have that turn on 24hr also. Also flush 3 times for everytime I pee, and 5 times for shit. Will I save money with a water meter? If not, then I'm going to really waste water. Heck I'll even water all my neighbors lawn (the whole block, assuming they buy 500' hose).
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holy shit, that's too much. when my bill is high it's like $90.00

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that sounds about normal. Maybe a little high. $30-45 is average
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that sounds about normal. Maybe a little high. $30-45 is average
are you talking about $30-45/month? No one going to chime in on this water meter thing?
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That doesn't seem crazy... I pay between $65-$75 every two months.
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also there's a note in the bottom of the bill "effective jan 1, 2012, the water rate increated by 25% and the sewer rate increated from 86% to 89% of the water charge". Fuck you Chicago! Fuck you Rahm!
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That's not horrible for six months. Just north of you in Morton Grove I am paying about what you are paying, but I am metered so it may fluctuate a bit depending on how much I water the lawn and garden. So quit your bitchin and get back to the never ending to do list that comes with home ownership.

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that's cheap, try living in the suburbs where chicago gouges for the water it pipes out here.

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Oh I'll pay alright. I'm also going to buy a huge ass backyard pool and possible indoor basement pool. Pool party! And no more showers, it's jacucci time baby!

The city is going to screw me I'll screw right back. Also screw the environment.
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Oh I'll pay alright. I'm also going to buy a huge ass backyard pool and possible indoor basement pool. Pool party! And no more showers, it's jacucci time baby!

The city is going to screw me I'll screw right back. Also screw the environment.
What the hell are you talking about, youll have to pay for the water to fill all of that too.............

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What the hell are you talking about, youll have to pay for the water to fill all of that too.............
sorry I don't have to pay shit I don't have a water meter. Doh! Read the post for godsake.
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$2250 my bill for last quarter at work. Watering the lawn during a dry spell is expensive, and that is in Chicago.

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Oh I'll pay alright. I'm also going to buy a huge ass backyard pool and possible indoor basement pool. Pool party! And no more showers, it's jacucci time baby!

The city is going to screw me I'll screw right back. Also screw the environment.
Given the frequency with which your neighbors must have to wash the douche off of you, I'm surprised your bill isn't exponentially more.
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$250 is about right.

My parents own a 3 flat place near Lincoln Square/Albany Park and the 6 month rate with no meter is about that.
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Have a meter put in. I save about $500 a year on water/sewer since I had mine installed. And the City will come out and install it for free. And they guarantee that you won't pay more than if you stayed non-metered for the next 5 years (they will cap your bill at the current non-metered amount).

Metered rate is currently $5.01 per 1000 Gallons (combined Water and Sewer charges).

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Have a meter put in. I save about $500 a year on water/sewer since I had mine installed. And the City will come out and install it for free.

Metered rate is currently $5.01 per 1000 Gallons (combined Water and Sewer charges).

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nice try. According to my curren bill I would be paying $500/yr. Am I going to save $500 too? Free water? You have to be a little suspicious when the City will do something for free.

Oh, and is it true that the water meter is huge and looks very ugly. Did they have to mess up your drywall? Post a picture if you can.
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My dad has been hesitant to install the meter as well, and he's owned that place for 25ish years now

Try asking neighbors who have a meter installed and similar properties how much their bills are.
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Oh and I just came up with a brilliant idea: constantly flushing toilet! Never have to wait until you pinch the last one out or finish wiping your ass. This way the shit goes away, right away! No more smelly shit to smell.

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We water grass and plants over night. My neighbor across the street literally waters the street and washes his cars at the same time every morning. I take showers till there is no more hot water left and do this 2 times a day. I use / waste so much water. I pay my bill and do what I want with the water. I don't complain about it, I prefer non-metered water.

I also own a 3 flat and I pay the water there. If the tenants want to leave a sink on all day I don't care. If they want to water the yard I don't care. Non-Meter = Win in my eyes, and less headache. Just my opinion. If I lived by myself and did use water much I suppose I could see the argument here, but in Chicago this is the only perk I can see.
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We water grass and plants over night. My neighbor across the street literally waters the street and washes his cars at the same time every morning. I take showers till there is no more hot water left and do this 2 times a day. I use / waste so much water. I pay my bill and do what I want with the water. I don't complain about it, I prefer non-metered water.

I also own a 3 flat and I pay the water there. If the tenants want to leave a sink on all day I don't care. If they want to water the yard I don't care. Non-Meter = Win in my eyes, and less headache. Just my opinion. If I lived by myself and did use water much I suppose I could see the argument here, but in Chicago this is the only perk I can see.
good arguement. I'm with you! I'm going to hold out as long as I can, which may be very long time! How many homes/apartment are there in Chicago? Let's say a cool 1,000,000. How many water meter can they install in a day? Let's say 10 (and that's a lot consider we're talking about city workers here). They don't work weekends and holidy so let's make it 250/365 working days. That's 2500 water meter install in a year. Let's assume I'm the last guy to install meter, that's 1000000/2500 = 400 years. Yeah, I can wait. I'm pretty sure my math is correct.
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Mine is around $70 a month. I waste the fuck out of some water.
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Prepare yourselves everyone, if you think water rates are high now you ain't seen nothin' yet. Naperville is looking at a 25% rate increase next year, and 15% each of the next three years following.

This is of course for "infrastructure" improvements. My question would be what has everyone been doing with the rates for the past 40 years? (trunk lines running to the burbs are about that old, some way older, some way newer, but that's a decent avg).

It will be Chicagoland wide...and it will be bad.

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The increases are to offset the super douches in this thread that waste water purely for the sake of wasting water.

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Prepare yourselves everyone, if you think water rates are high now you ain't seen nothin' yet. Naperville is looking at a 25% rate increase next year, and 15% each of the next three years following.

This is of course for "infrastructure" improvements. My question would be what has everyone been doing with the rates for the past 40 years? (trunk lines running to the burbs are about that old, some way older, some way newer, but that's a decent avg).

It will be Chicagoland wide...and it will be bad.

http://triblocal.com/naperville/2012...te-rate-hikes/
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The increases are to offset the super douches in this thread that waste water purely for the sake of wasting water.
who the fuck cares about water. it's a limitless resource unlike oil and coal. Yes limitless. Water is not going anywhere. It doesn't cost the city anymore money if I use a gallon or 1000 gallon of water. What exactly is the cost of water? They get it from Lake michigan for god sake.
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