Why is my water bill so high?

Potential Causes of High Water Bills:

An unusually high water bill is most often caused by a leak of change in water use.  Some common causes of high water bills include:

  • A leaking toilet, or a toilet that continues to run after being flushed
  • A dripping faucet; a faucet drip can waste twenty (20) gallons of water a day or more
  • Filling or topping off a swimming pool
  • Watering the lawn, new grass, or trees; also check for an open hose bib
  • Kids home for summer vacations or school holidays; guests
  • Water-cooled air conditioners
  • A broken water pipe or obvious leak; check the pipes in the basement or crawlspace; the water heater could also be leaking
  • Water softener problems - cycles continuously
  • Running the water to avoid freezing water pipes during cold weather.

Generally, water consumption is higher during the summer due to watering of lawns, pools, and gardening.  Typically, an average family of four (4) uses 4,000-5,000 gallons of water a month.  


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1. How do I pay my Water/Sewer Bill?
2. How do I read my water meter?
3. Why is my water bill so high?
4. How do I check my home for water leaks?
5. I have a leak on my service line. Will the town fix it?
6. If I am a new owner in town, how do I sign up for water and sewer service?
7. If I'm selling a house in town, what do I need to do? - Requesting a Final Bill
8. What is groundwater?
9. What is the hardness of the water?
10. Where does our water come from?
11. Why does water from my faucets occasionally look slightly brown? Is it safe to drink?
12. Why does water from my faucets occasionaly look slightly brown? Is it safe to drink?