Due to the higher-than-normal temperatures and drought conditions we’ve experienced, many of our Whitestown Municipal Utilities customers are using more water than usual. Washing cars, kids playing with the hose or sprinkler, watering lawns, kiddie pools, gardens, hosing off the patio, deck, or driveway…all these summer activities can significantly increase your usage.
For those moving into a newly built home, trying to keep freshly laid sod and seed lawn alive can require tens of thousands of gallons – which many new homeowners don’t consider until they receive their water bill. An irrigation system can use (on average) 15-16 gallons per minute per zone, and an oscillating sprinkler can use approximately 17 gallons per minute.
Water usage tips
Here are 7 steps you can take to conserve water:
- Do not water your lawn in the middle of the day, as most of it will evaporate in the heat. Early morning is best, but evening is also better than daytime watering. You can also buy timers specifically made for turning hoses on and off at pre-set times.
- There is no need to water your lawn every day unless you are trying to establish a new one. Watering up to three times a week, providing 1” of water, helps to develop longer roots.
- Make sure outdoor spigots/faucets are completely turned off before going inside.
- Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or working in the kitchen instead of letting water run continuously.
- When warming up the shower, don’t let it run longer than necessary before stepping in.
- Instead of washing down the patio or driveway, try sweeping away debris.
- Search online for hundreds of money-saving tips.
Summer sprinkling savings
Finally, because of our Summer Sprinkling Savings program, you are currently paying a fixed sewer rate no matter how much water you use in April through October. This rate is based upon your winter average. If you are a new customer without a winter average, you are billed the minimum charge of 2,000 gallons.
How your water meter works
The only way the meter can measure water is when the water moves through it. The only way water can move through the meter and into your plumbing system is when space is available. Space becomes available only when water is being used (while washing clothes, taking a shower, watering a lawn, etc.) and moving out of your plumbing system. When water begins to flow in to refill the pipes and assure a continuous flow, the meter measures the water as it passes from the main water line into your plumbing system.
Please reach out to our Utility Billing Office at 317-733-8584 or firstname.lastname@example.org.