Water bill leaving you All Washed Up?!
Many Loudoun County residents recently got a shock when they opened their water bills and found that their amount due was much more than they had anticipated. If you don’t look carefully through the inserts in your water bill, or if you don’t attend your HOA meetings, then you probably missed the information detailing a new three-tiered billing system implemented by Loudoun Water. The first tier charges customers who use less than 25,000 gallons $1.77 per 1,000 gallons used. The second tier charges customers who use between 26,000 and 50,000 gallons $4.96 per 1000 gallons used. And the third tier charges those who use more than 50,000 gallons at the rate of $6.65 per 1000 gallons used.. The more you use, the higher the rate you will be charged. This is all part of “Water you Thinking,” Loudoun Water’s conservation program that was recently given a 2010 Public Information Award by the Virginia section of the American Water Works Association.
Looking to make some adjustments on the amount of water you use? Follow these tips on conserving water…By doing so you will be conserving your wallet as well!
Install water saving shower heads and faucet aerators – Low flow shower heads are easy to install and can be purchased at your local home improvement store. Fit all faucets with low flow aerators which is the single best conservation method and one of the cheapest things you can do to save water.
Turn the water off when brushing teeth – This is an easy one. There is no need to keep the water running while you are brushing and you can save yourself a lot of money in the long run.
Don’t water the gutter – Make sure automatic sprinklers are well adjusted so that you are watering your lawn and not your driveway or paved areas!
Water during early morning hours – Early watering reduces loss to evaporation and is also the best defense against slugs and other garden pests.
Don’t run the hose while washing your car – Use a bucket filled with water and soap to clean the car and only use the hose to rinse it off.
Want more tips on conserving water? Check our eartheasy – a website dedicated to solutions for sustainable living.