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March 9th, 2007 at 12:36 pm

I've been meaning to dig out my water bill for a while and finally did. I know someone asked way back something about a piece of the bill - I don't remember.

All I know is when we moved from the Bay Area to Sacramento the bill was just insane. & it annoys me it is not metered (though maybe that would be worse).

So here goes - we pay monthly:

Water - flat fee - $28
Storm Drainage - flat fee - $15
Garbage (smallest can) - $10
Recycle (largest can) - $3
Lawn/Garden (one-size can) - $7
Street Sweeping - $1
Sewer - $30

Grand total - $94/month

I used to rent a similar size house in San Jose with roommates and our water and garbage bill was just pennies. Well it was in the mid-1990s. I guess things change too... SO moving here was a bit of a shock.

We have the biggest freaking recycle bin and they only pick it up every other week - we just fill it to the brim. The nice thing is we never fill our trash. If I hear one more person tell me they HAVE to have a huge garbage can because they have kids. Whatever, they don't HAVE to do anything. We even throw some diapers in there since LM insists on disposables for sleeping - but the can is never anywhere near full. I Will be happy when the city takes recycling even more seriously though. They really need to come by every week. Though I guess with the kids drinking milk like fiends - it's gallons of milk and all that that fills the recycle bin. Maybe that will settle down as they get older. We were just talking about starting to recycle cans and stuff - go get paid for them I mean. We just don't drink that much soda or anything, but might free a little space in the recycle bin.

Oh I know what fills it up - newspapers. It is my pet peeve dh will not cancel the newspaper. What a waste of paper. HE is attached to his coupons, which is fine, but now they insist on delivering it 5 days a week and NO LESS. IT just aggravates me since most of it goes straight to the recycle bin - not even looked at... I told him I would go out and buy it on the weekends but it does cost about the same in the end. But I would feel better about not killing all the trees...

Anyway, sewer, garbage, storm drainage, street sweeping, oh my. LOL. The city is moving to metered water so we'll see if that helps at all. IF nothing else we will have more control over our costs. THough I know we were paying well more than we ever used in years past. Figures now we have a yard to water and 4 people in the house, now they want to meter it. Bah. LOL. But I think it is good all the same. Good for water conservation. I Still haven't got used to the difference from where we moved from. The signs on the restaurants - "we will not serve water unless you ask" to here where there is no metering and no one really cares. BAck home had a lot of drought issues, I guess there is just more water up here so no one is worried about conserving - I don't know... Who knew 2 hours could make such a huge difference. IF we knew sacramento had more water than they knew what to do with we would have asked them to send some our way. Wink

3 Responses to “Water Bill”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Gosh, they charge you for recycling? They take money off our garbage bill for each full recycle bin we put out here that stays out of the trash. Culture shock.

    Our garbage company only bills us for the can we put out. If we don't put a can out all the time, they just mark it as no pickup on their handheld computer thingy. We always make sure the can is completely full before we put it out. That can vary anywhere from every 2 weeks to every 3 weeks, and once or twice we've made it four weeks, or if its a particulary purge heavy time period, once a week, but we try hard not to let that happen. Totally weird idea to me that you put out a non-full can.

  2. monkeymama Says:

    I wish... I know San Jose was a little better at rewarding recyclers... THey are a little slower to embrace recycling up here...

    But yeah - just a monthly fee for a can - I just think the population is too big to keep track frankly. I have to assume you are in a smaller town... ??

  3. baselle Says:

    Wow, charging you $3 for the recycling bin. In Seattle, we are like you - you pay a flat fee for the size of the regular garbage can you use, but now if they think you're putting too much in regular garbage, the city will threaten to do a spot check of your garbage. If your garbage has too much recyclable material, 10% I think, supposedly you get a fine.

    At least we're not Japan, where the homeowner has to do the sorting of the recyclables and the sorting is complex, and they fine you if you do it wrong.

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