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Why would my sewer bill have gone up?
July 17. 2005 | self / vanity

Posted on 07/17/2005 8:20:06 AM PDT by The Other Harry

I just received my most recent monthly utility bill, and the sewer charge went from virtually nothing to $154.90.

The water charge changed almost none at all. About $40.

I've been trying to figure this out. "They" are supposed to come out and look at things Monday, and I would like to have some idea what I am talking about when I talk with them.

The man I spoke with on on the phone suggested that maybe one of of my toilets is leaking. That's not impossible, but I would think that would be reflected in the water charge as well as in the sewer charge.

My guesses are: 1) they hadn't read the meter in months; and 2) they made a mistake.

Any other possibilities?


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: help; pewpew; poopoo; wholelottapoop; yerfullofshit

1 posted on 07/17/2005 8:20:06 AM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: The Other Harry

I got a $68,000 electric bill a couple of years back. That was for one month and the result of one too many zeros.


2 posted on 07/17/2005 8:22:51 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If a democrats lips are moving, they're lying.)
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To: The Other Harry

Are you eating enough fiber?


3 posted on 07/17/2005 8:22:53 AM PDT by deaconblues
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To: The Other Harry
"Why would my sewer bill have gone up?"

Harry, Harry! You really let yourself wide open with this one...

:^O

4 posted on 07/17/2005 8:23:42 AM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (an enemy of islam -- Joe Boucher; Leapfrog; Dr.Zoidberg; Lazamataz; ...)
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To: The Other Harry

How do they measure the stuff going down the sewer?

My experience is that a sewer charge is based on the water used.


5 posted on 07/17/2005 8:28:13 AM PDT by Lokibob (All typos and spelling errors are mine and copyrighted!!!!)
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To: The Other Harry

sewers aren't metered, sewer rate is based on water usage.

They probably found out you were prone to posting vanities in breakin news


6 posted on 07/17/2005 8:28:55 AM PDT by digger48
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To: The Other Harry

Most municipalities base the sewer fee on the water usage, which is metered, What water you use is eventually going into the sewer.

If the water fee hasn't gone up, it's up to them to explain why the sewer fee went up.


7 posted on 07/17/2005 8:29:04 AM PDT by Vermonter
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To: The Other Harry

I keep tellin' ya'...30-packs...go for gusto!


8 posted on 07/17/2005 8:31:11 AM PDT by dakine
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To: deaconblues
Are you eating enough fiber?

Bwahahahahahahahaha

9 posted on 07/17/2005 8:31:58 AM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: The Other Harry
They charged for removing peach tree roots from the line.
10 posted on 07/17/2005 8:32:02 AM PDT by dighton
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To: digger48
They probably found out you were prone to posting vanities in breakin news

ROFL....!!!

11 posted on 07/17/2005 8:32:46 AM PDT by BJungNan
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To: deaconblues
Are you eating enough fiber?

LOL!

12 posted on 07/17/2005 8:32:59 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Three guys walked into a bar. The fourth one ducked.)
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To: The Other Harry

We'll all be polite and pretend to be interested in your personal problems.


13 posted on 07/17/2005 8:33:06 AM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: Lokibob

"My experience is that a sewer charge is based on the water used."

It is where I live.


14 posted on 07/17/2005 8:33:25 AM PDT by InWonderland
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To: The Other Harry

You have violated the "if it's yellow" rule and are paying an over-flush allotment penalty premium.


15 posted on 07/17/2005 8:35:33 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: cripplecreek
I got a $68,000 electric bill a couple of years back. That was for one month and the result of one too many zeros.

One too many zeroes??? I'd hope it was for three too many zeroes (unless you keep a supercolliding superconductor in your basement and turn it on for recreation).

16 posted on 07/17/2005 8:35:59 AM PDT by Drew68 (IYAOYAS! Semper Gumby!)
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To: Drew68

$68.00


17 posted on 07/17/2005 8:37:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If a democrats lips are moving, they're lying.)
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To: The Other Harry

In my area, the increased sewer bills are paying for hookups for thousands of new homes.


18 posted on 07/17/2005 8:51:46 AM PDT by aimhigh
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To: Cultural Jihad
Shouldn't you be on an immigration thread in News/Activism starting a flamewar?

What brings you to General/Chat? You stick out like a sore thumb around here.

19 posted on 07/17/2005 9:09:38 AM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: deaconblues
More like too much fiber.

That or the town thinks he's full of ... it.

20 posted on 07/17/2005 9:11:46 AM PDT by Gumlegs
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To: MotleyGirl70

Sorry to intrude on your discussion about sewer pits. Carry on.


21 posted on 07/17/2005 9:12:52 AM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: The Other Harry
Any other possibilities?

Several.
But the most likely is that they diverted funds and needed to make up the shortage.
It is easier to justify a huge increase in the water going out, than in the water coming in. Environment, you know.

Has your local sewage treatment plant recently been ordered by a stupid court to make hundred million$ improvements?

22 posted on 07/17/2005 9:14:22 AM PDT by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen)
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To: MotleyGirl70; Cultural Jihad
"Shouldn't you be on an immigration thread in News/Activism starting a flamewar?"

Rofl

23 posted on 07/17/2005 9:14:38 AM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: MotleyGirl70
If I were still trying to boost the cheap tequila stocks,
your bridge pic would either make me heave or crack open another quart !


24 posted on 07/17/2005 9:15:41 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: The Other Harry
Sometimes a leak develops between the meter and the home. Water could be running into the ground at a slow rate. This accumulates into a large amount by month's end. Your water utility repair people will have equipment that can find such leaks.
25 posted on 07/17/2005 9:19:05 AM PDT by Read2Know
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To: aimhigh
In my area, the increased sewer bills are paying for hookups for thousands of new homes.

Total BS!

26 posted on 07/17/2005 9:20:34 AM PDT by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen)
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To: Publius6961
The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen

I don't want to be a nitpicker, but with sufficient patience ignorance can be cured. Therefore, in the vast scheme of things, it is bound and finite and may actually decrease with time as "right thinking" prevails. As a young child is "ignorant" and must be taught, or my father-in-law is rock hard stupid and nothing will change that, ever. Stupidity knows no bounds and is therefore infinite. The case is still out on hydrogen.

Regards,
GtG

27 posted on 07/17/2005 11:10:53 AM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, but I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Cultural Jihad
Nice profile page. Get out of the basement much?

Leave Harry alone.

28 posted on 07/17/2005 11:13:01 AM PDT by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: MotleyGirl70
Shouldn't you be on an immigration thread in News/Activism starting a flamewar?

LOL That's just what I was thinking.

29 posted on 07/17/2005 11:20:58 AM PDT by NRA2BFree
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To: teenyelliott

Maybe we all should post our mundane monthly billing disputes on the forum. We could call it "BillingDisputeRepublic." ;-)


30 posted on 07/17/2005 11:23:46 AM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray
Why then, does ignorance keep increasing?

It totally violates the laws of entropy.

31 posted on 07/17/2005 11:32:11 AM PDT by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen)
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To: The Other Harry
My guesses are: 1) they hadn't read the meter in months; and 2) they made a mistake.

Check your bill very closely in the tiny print. If they are "estimating" that's generally reported as well as the last actual reading date. I don't know if that is universal practice but Wisconsin utilities seem to follow it.

Another point, does your water meter have a small plastic box attached by wire to the actual brass in-line meter? If so you might be set up for remote reading via your phone line (the next NEW thing!). You may also have a remote box mounted on an outside wall which echos the meter reading. That way the "meter reader" can read your consumption without entering your home.

In any case, the readings are cumulative and you should be able to read the meter yourself and reconcile it with the bill's reading. The closer to their reading date that you check the actual consumption, the closer their numbers should come to yours. Another thing to check is your water usage over several months time. Discounting lawn and garden watering and car washing, your water usage should be nearly constant year round. If you see a big spike lately, you may have a leak somewhere (underground?). That happened to me and I'm on a private well.

Regards,
GtG

32 posted on 07/17/2005 11:34:40 AM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, but I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Publius6961
Why then, does ignorance keep increasing?

Ah Grasshopper,

You are mistaking stupidity for ignorance, a common mistake and easy to do. The "litmus" test is whether the person you are attempting to grace with your wisdom does not stop talking and actually listen when you are speaking and does he/she then respond by rephrasing the original question? If either or both of these is true I'm afraid you are facing invincible stupidity rather than mere ignorance and are therefore wasting your time. The correct response under these circumstances is "I'm sorry, I thought you were merely ignorant. But now I see you are truly unfathomably stupid and therefore beyond my help. I suggest you wear a sign that says "I'm Stupid" to save everyone's time in the case of future conversations."

Regards,
GtG

PS I did say "stupidity knows no bounds and is therefore infinite". That implies that there is more then enough to go around.

33 posted on 07/17/2005 12:01:00 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, but I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: The Other Harry

34 posted on 07/17/2005 12:03:43 PM PDT by Petronski (So, ma cherie, you like ze boum boum?)
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To: cripplecreek

Where I come from, the sewer outflow is not monitered. The water bill is multiplied by some factor and that is the sewer bill.

Do they really moniter sewer outflow in other parts of the country on a house by house basis?


35 posted on 07/17/2005 2:33:29 PM PDT by mlmr (CHICKIE-POO!)
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To: mlmr

> Do they really moniter sewer outflow in other parts of
> the country on a house by house basis?

Don't know. I'm going to find out.


36 posted on 07/18/2005 1:13:41 AM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: digger48

*LOL*!


37 posted on 07/18/2005 1:20:39 AM PDT by k2blader (Was it wrong to kill Terri Shiavo? YES - 83.8%. FR Opinion Poll.)
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To: Cultural Jihad
We could call it BillingDisputeRepublic

Now that's funny, I don't care who ya are    

38 posted on 07/18/2005 9:08:29 AM PDT by tomkat
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