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Mr. Sand

Had any one noticed  water bills are getting higher than usual. They had  increased three to 4 times more in the past year or two. Instead of a usual 20% to 30% increase, the bills are 300% to 400% more than usual.
Any one had noticed similar increases?

linda February 17, 2014 at 08:18 AM
For the past three years my water bills have been crazy crazy high. I have called several times thinking perhaps something was wrong with my meter, etc. My water bill for three people in the house ran between $240 and $270 per month. The City assured me that was my water bill and there was nothing wrong with the meter. I don't have to tell you how much this infuriated me especially when you couldn't even feel safe drinking it! Recently I spoke with several Malden residents with much larger families and it seemed that everyone kept telling me their bills were $100 or $125. I called again and the woman in the billing department immediately told me that my bill WAS CRAZY and that I must have a leak somewhere. She was right and it was as simple as one of the toilets was running constantly (although not enough to hear that running sound). We have repaired it and the first month my bill dropped to $150 per month. Still high and they still feel something else is going on. You may want to check your house. If you shut off all water sources and if your meter is still moving even slightly, then you have a leak! Could be a big problem or could be something as simple as a toilet! Good luck. Can't believe I paid those ridiculous bills for that long!
Maggie Pate Furtak February 18, 2014 at 08:31 AM
Amen, Linda! If your water bill has taken a big jump, you almost certainly have a leak somewhere. We haven't had a rate hike that I know of. Our two person, one dog, house has a bill of $45 every single month, and has for ages. And that's with me running my business from home as well. Toilets are usually the culprit for leaks, because the tank just leaks back into the bowl and then the sewer line, and you never see any water on the floor. If you put a little food coloring in the tank and it appears in the water in the bowl without you flushing, you have a leak. And if your water bill is that high, consider replacing your old toilets with newer ones even if you don't have a leak. Paying a couple hundred dollars for a new toilet once is a lot cheaper than continuing to pay a high water bill every month. New toilets use much less water than the older styles. We replaced one of ours, just because the old one was old and gross and didn't flush well. The new one flushes MUCH better, and uses MUCH less water. Instead of going around and around in a lazy circle, the water drops straight down in a raging torrent. The new toilet also stays clean longer, because, ehem, everything is actually getting flushed. (Ew. Gross, I know.) I never knew this, but toilets are actually usually the biggest water users inside your home, so switching from the old 5 gallon per flush to the newer 1.6 gallon per flush models makes a HUGE difference in your water bill. And trust me, the new ones do flush great, even with that small amount of water. I can't believe our old one used so much water and did such a horrible job of flushing. 5 gallons per flush x 6 flushes a day per person = 30 gallons a day per person. Times 4 people = 120 gallons per day for a family of four. Times 30 days in a month = 3600 gallons a month for toilet use in a month for a family of four using old toilets.
Maggie Pate Furtak February 18, 2014 at 08:38 AM
If the city water department told us the average water use for a family of 2, 4, and 6 on our water bills every month, I bet a lot of Malden residents who have leaks would realize how much money they are wasting and get them fixed. People just don't realize that they have a leak, until they find out how much more they are paying on their bill than their neighbors. Or they know that they have a leak, but they don't realize how much it is costing them.
david mokal February 18, 2014 at 04:28 PM
Geesh Maggie I dont have any leaks at all and do my wash with a scrub board in the Malden River. As far as the toilet goes If The Water Is Yellow It 's only Mellow...If The Water is Brown Then Flush it Down. LOL
linda March 08, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Well I had one bill for $150 which was so much more reasonable. Now we got the next bill and it is $305. Just shoot me now! I must assume there is another leak and probably not as simply as the toilet!

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