The City of Titusville, Florida / Water Resources / Utility Bill Basics: Charges, Meters, Rates, & Usage / Using Your Water Bill to Save Water and MoneyUsing Your Water Bill to Save Water and Money
Each month your water bill shows how much water you used for that billing period. In the section labeled, Consumption Analysis you not only see your current consumption, but also your last month’s consumption, and the previous year’s consumption. It even shows the days in the billing period and the amount of water used per day (consumption/days in period).
The largest portion of your water and sewer bill is based on your water consumption. To control your water consumption, it is helpful to understand the most common causes of increased use.
Common causes of increased water use:
- Leaks (especially toilets and dripping faucets)
- House guests (more showers, more laundry, etc.)
- Time of year (washing love bugs or pollen off the car)
- Simple mistakes (failing to turn off an outside faucet)
By tracking your consumption rate each month, not only will it help you to catch a small leak before it becomes a big one, but you will be able determine how your family’s water use affects your consumption rate. You will be able to see that when your family modifies some of its water use habits (like reducing the amount of time in the shower) it can have a very positive effect on reducing how much water you use. Meters are read in thousands of gallons and are read down (see Usage & Billing under Utility Bill Basics). Although your bill may show consumption of 1,000 gallons, in actuality, you could have used from 1,000 to 1,999 gallons of water during the month. So, even when you do not see a dramatic reduction in your consumption because of a change in your water use, over time your efforts to save water should result in fewer peaks in your consumption.
An added incentive to saving water is the corresponding money you save when you lower your consumption. That savings is twofold, because when you reduce your water consumption, your sewer consumption is also reduced.
The greatest cost savings occur when you are able to keep your water consumption to 5,000 gallons or less per month because this is the lowest cost tier. Titusville’s water rates are set up in an increasing block tiered rate structure, which means the cost per thousand gallons increases as your consumption increases. There are four blocks or tiers for single family residential customers. The lowest cost tier for each 1,000 gallons of water used is from 0 to 5,000 gallons.
As shown in the figure below, when you use 5,000 gallons of water or less per month, your entire usage is billed at the lowest consumption cost. However, if you used 9,000 gallons of water, only the first 5,000 gallons are billed at the lower tier rate, while the remaining 4,000 gallons are billed at the next higher tier rate. A family using 11,000 gallons would have the first 5,000 gallons billed at the lowest tier rate, the second 5,000 gallons billed at the next higher tier rate, and the remaining 1,000 gallons billed at the third highest tier rate.