Top Ways to Lower A San Diego Water Bill
The San Diego Union Tribune reports that in the past 10 years, San Diego water rates have doubled. The last rate hike came in November of 2013, when the City Council voted to increase fees yet again by 15% over the next 2 years.
With 2013 getting only 5.57 inches of the 10.34 inch normal rainfall and 2014 not looking any better for the city of San Diego, conserving water makes sense both financially and for the environment. Any top San Diego plumber knows all the tricks for to keeping the water bill low, and after you read this article, you will, too.
Check for Household water Leaks Yourself with These Steps
- Find your water meter, which is in the ground at the curb of your property close to the street and generally in line with the whole house water shut off valve in your garage. It’s often by your mailbox. Read the numbers in the display. Your water bill is based on how much that changes each month. The round dial with the sweeping arm is for testing purposes by the water department. Ignore it. Write down the numbers in the display.
- Turn off all water using appliances in the house. Make sure sprinklers, dishwasher and laundry are not running. Choose a time when your sprinklers won’t come on. Wait 2 hours.
- Check the water meter again. If the numbers in the display have not changed, chances are your house is water-tight. If they moved, you could have a leak somewhere in your home. The most common places for water leaks are:
- The hot water tank
- Between the meter and the house (have some nice green grass in one spot of a San Diego lawn? You found it!)
- Faucets and shower heads
- Irrigation and hose bibs
Set Yourself Up for Water Conservation Success
Keep buckets or small Tupperware containers beside sinks and showers. Cold showers aren’t fun for anyone, and we don’t recommend you stand shivering while the water heats up, but you can save the cold water that runs through while you’re waiting by putting a bucket under the bathtub spigot as the water warms. This move saves 200 gallons per month per person, a top water and money saver! With four people in the house, total savings is 800 gallons.
Use this water for: the garbage disposal, watering plants, cleaning, rinsing dishes, even filling the back of your toilet (especially if it’s upstairs and the thought of hauling buckets up and down stairs doesn’t appeal).
Other water savings tips San Diego plumbers like to share include:
- Run dishwasher and clothes washer only when full
- Run garbage disposal only on alternate days
- Utilize your sink by soaking the dishes that accumulate in one side rather than rinsing each dish
- Similarly soak vegetables in water rather than running water over each one. Shake them vigorously while submerged.
- Outside: use drip irrigation, mulch, wood chips, xeriscaping.
- Using only .65 gallons per flush compared to the three to 12 (!) gallons older toilets need, ultra low flush toilets can save up to 350 gallons per week or 1400 gallons a month. Make sure you use toilet paper that actually disintegrates easily in low flush toilets. Don’t fall prey to the hype about thick, soft toilet paper. It’s a huge cause of low-flow toilet plugging.
- Make a point of utilizing car washes that recycle the water. We’ve created a list of 15 San Diego Car Washes that Recycle their Water.
Perry Plumbing, A San Diego Plumber with Tailored Water Savings Plan
A typical San Diego household uses almost 11,000 gallons of water each month. By some estimates 95% of it goes down the drain. Just by taking a few of these steps, you can cut your water bill by 25%, and we dare you to try for 50%! Call 619-472-2112 and we’ll provide more tips for saving water. We’ll even examine your plumbing and come up with a water savings plan for you. Get tips about saving money on water and repair bills when you like us on Facebook and Google Plus.