What could've caused this increase in water usage?
Last month, our first full month in our new house, our water/sewage bill was $55. This month, it jumped up to $80.
The only thing I changed was taking more baths than showers. We have a big garden tub, so I know that’s a lot of water, BUT I really don’t think it would cause a difference of 5000 extra gallons!
Our sprinkler settings have not changed. We’re just two people, we do 3 loads of laundry a week, take one shower/bath every other day (each), and only run the dishwasher every 3–4 days as it fills. We got a new washer/dryer recently, but it’s brand new and supposed to be energy efficient, so I doubt that’s it, especially considering we don’t do a whole lot of laundry per week.
I work at a bank and we take water payments. They’re usually under $20. Now, I know that maybe that doesn’t include sewage, but 5000 extra gallons of water?
What are some ways to save water? What might we be doing wrong here?
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