Average water bill for single family house San Diego?

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Submitted by ctr70 on May 3, 2012 - 7:31am

I currently live in a condo so I don't know this. What is the average water bill for a single family house? With mostly 1 person (sometimes 2) living in it? I'm thinking like $50/mo?

Submitted by The-Shoveler on May 3, 2012 - 7:41am.

I think you are low, there are a lot of fee's at least where I am,
closer to $100/mo

Submitted by bearishgurl on May 3, 2012 - 7:48am.

It's billed every two months and starts around $50 for two months for a one-person house with little to nothing to water outside (all concrete or xeriscape). It could go as high as $200 or more from April thru Nov if the resident is watering a large lot even if there are only one or two people living there.

Acreages are even more expensive to water, but most of those residents have wells and do not water the entire property, in any case. They also likely have their own septic system and thus do not pay sewer bills.

The average water bill for a family of four is probably about $80-90 for two months, even if there is nothing to water outside.

Sewer bills range from about $16 mo to $40 mo, depending on water usage from Nov thru April in the previous fiscal year and are adjusted in the first billing cycle after every July 1. Sewer is billed every two months, also, in most jurisdictions.

In County uninc areas, the sewer bill used to be added to the tax bill, but not sure about this anymore.

If any Pigg routinely has higher bills than this, please post your circumstances.

Submitted by flu on May 3, 2012 - 9:20am.

Nope. Try again...

Take a look at your waterbill, you'll notice most of the charges are for non-usage fees.

Usage fees for me are reasonable. Paying for all the other costs,etc is what hurts.

Submitted by UCGal on May 3, 2012 - 9:38am.

Here are the details for our bill. We have a 2000sf house and a separate 700 sf casita. Total residents 4 adults, 2 kids, 1 dog. Landscaping is watered with drip irrigation, which is turned off after every rain. During the winter, we pretty typically stay in the first pricing tier, during the spring/summer/fall we start going into the 2nd tier (more expensive).

Base water fee: $38.66
Water Used: $62.17 (14HCF first tier, 3 2nd tier)
Sewer base fee (less settlement): $30.66
Sewer service charge (based on water use): $60.74
Storm Drain: $1.90

So the fixed costs are pretty high - about $70/2 months. My total bill was $194.28.

It goes higher if you have a lot of lawn, a pool, teenagers who spend hours in the shower. (My kids are still young enough I have to tell them to take showers.)

Submitted by flu on May 3, 2012 - 9:53am.

UCGal wrote:
Here are the details for our bill. We have a 2000sf house and a separate 700 sf casita. Total residents 4 adults, 2 kids, 1 dog. Landscaping is watered with drip irrigation, which is turned off after every rain. During the winter, we pretty typically stay in the first pricing tier, during the spring/summer/fall we start going into the 2nd tier (more expensive).

Base water fee: $38.66
Water Used: $62.17 (14HCF first tier, 3 2nd tier)
Sewer base fee (less settlement): $30.66
Sewer service charge (based on water use): $60.74
Storm Drain: $1.90

So the fixed costs are pretty high - about $70/2 months. My total bill was $194.28.

It goes higher if you have a lot of lawn, a pool, teenagers who spend hours in the shower. (My kids are still young enough I have to tell them to take showers.)

I think we discussed this some time ago ucgal in which we were comparing our water bills here, if I remember. I remember BG also commenting that about if we saved water at some specific months, the sewage fees would be less too...
Let me dig it up...

Submitted by flu on May 3, 2012 - 9:55am.

ctr70,

Here was the discussion we had last time about water bills. Some of us were seeing $200 water bills/2months...

Some of us stated that about $130 of it came from all the fixed fees on things...

http://piggington.com/is_200_water_bill_...

Submitted by sdrealtor on May 3, 2012 - 11:10am.

ctr70 wrote:
I currently live in a condo so I don't know this. What is the average water bill for a single family house? With mostly 1 person (sometimes 2) living in it? I'm thinking like $50/mo?

Mines about $70 with a big yard and spa under similar circumstances.

Submitted by briansd1 on May 3, 2012 - 12:08pm.

sounds cheap sdrealtor.
Do you pay for trash in Carlsbad?

Submitted by blake on May 3, 2012 - 12:17pm.

Spam filter won't let me post link to the san diego dot gov page.

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Winter Monitoring Period

Determining Sewer Rates

In the City of San Diego, each single-family domestic customer's individualized flat sewer rate is based upon the amount of water used during the previous winter. This system, rather than a flat rate for all customers, more fairly apportions the costs of running the sewer system.

Every winter, primarily during the months of December through March, the City monitors the amount of water each customer uses. The winter months are when the measuring takes place because that is when the highest percentage of water used is returned to the sewer system. The City monitors your water usage during the two billing cycles, and uses the total from the cycle with the least amount of usage to calculate your sewer rate.

Once the monitoring period is finished, an individualized flat rate is figured for each customer, and that rate goes into effect the following July 1.

That rate is in effect for one year, and will be updated with new data every July 1. If you are new to a home, your sewer rate will be based on the city-wide average until a reading can take place for you during the next winter.

If you would like to know when the exact dates of your winter monitoring period, please call our Customer Services Hotline at (619) 515-3500.

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So, to save money, don't take shower from December to March and use your workplace's bathroom for other businesses. :)

Submitted by Essbee on May 3, 2012 - 12:27pm.

We were paying around $240 every two months for an 1800 sf house with 2 adults, 2 toddlers, and an almost all usable-space 10,000+ sf lot. We had a fair amount of laundry, and I like long showers, but I think that the biggest culprit is that my husband is pretty much hose and sprinkler-happy and our lawn was always really green, even in August.

Submitted by zk on May 3, 2012 - 12:29pm.

I don't know if water is more expensive in Carmel Valley, but I don't know anyone whose water bill is less than $150 for two months. Some friends with huge, grassy yards and pools pay 4 times that much and more. I'd say the average in CV is close to $250 for two months.

Submitted by sdrealtor on May 3, 2012 - 1:48pm.

My trash bill is $37.74 payable every other month. I am in the Olivenhain Municipal Water District so not City of SD rates. Dont know what the difference is ratewise. Our water quality is amazing. They could bottle it and sell it.

Submitted by ctr70 on May 3, 2012 - 2:35pm.

So it looks like it ranges from about $70-$120 for SFR. I have a friend who owns a triplex with 3 small 1 bedroom apts (he pays water) and he just told me it's $120-$140/mo...so $40-$45 for each unit.

Submitted by sdrealtor on May 3, 2012 - 2:45pm.

Just opened my most recent bill and it was $79.95. About $30 was the system access charge

Submitted by ocrenter on May 3, 2012 - 3:21pm.

City of SD, 13000 sqft, pool/spa, all drip irrigation. Lawn is green all year round (artificial). $200 every 2 month.

Submitted by bearishgurl on May 3, 2012 - 3:29pm.

flu wrote:
UCGal wrote:
Here are the details for our bill. We have a 2000sf house and a separate 700 sf casita. Total residents 4 adults, 2 kids, 1 dog. Landscaping is watered with drip irrigation, which is turned off after every rain. During the winter, we pretty typically stay in the first pricing tier, during the spring/summer/fall we start going into the 2nd tier (more expensive).

Base water fee: $38.66
Water Used: $62.17 (14HCF first tier, 3 2nd tier)
Sewer base fee (less settlement): $30.66
Sewer service charge (based on water use): $60.74
Storm Drain: $1.90

So the fixed costs are pretty high - about $70/2 months. My total bill was $194.28.

It goes higher if you have a lot of lawn, a pool, teenagers who spend hours in the shower. (My kids are still young enough I have to tell them to take showers.)

I think we discussed this some time ago ucgal in which we were comparing our water bills here, if I remember. I remember BG also commenting that about if we saved water at some specific months, the sewage fees would be less too...
Let me dig it up...

flu, I don't know where that thread is, but I seem to remember posting something like that. I had forgotten (from wa-a-a-ay back) that the City of SD has their water and sewer charges for residential customers on the same bill. This thread brings it all back to me now :)

ctr70, if you are property-shopping in the City of SD, your water bill will include your sewer charges.

The City of Chula Vista has five sewer tiers, IIRC and they are based upon the resident's Nov thru April water usage with the Sweetwater Authority or Otay Water District. The agencies have no problem "comparing notes" with one another.

Submitted by LAAFTERHOURS on May 3, 2012 - 3:31pm.

3 person 2800 sq ft home with 6 zone sprinkler system that runs 3 times a week for roughly 4-6 minutes depending upon the station. My bill is 80-85 a month and we live in Vallecitos water district.

Submitted by CA renter on May 4, 2012 - 1:14am.

Wow, you SD City folks have high charges.

We've lived in two homes that use Olivenhain MWD, and both lots were/are ~9,000-15,000 s.f., both with lots of grass, though we don't try to keep it "country club" green. It probably helped that we had lots of trees at our old house, so our grass wasn't sitting under the blazing sun all day and needed less water.

During the winter months in our old house, our total bill ran around $50/month. During the summer months, it would run anywhere from $65-$98/month. I can see only two bills for over $100 in the past ~8 years.

In our new house, which has a pool and a large yard with garden area and lots of grass, the charges have been about the same, but plan on this going up quite a bit more during summer months.

Submitted by sdrealtor on May 4, 2012 - 7:52am.

That should be our new tagline.

"Come to gridlocked Nirvana....our water is cheaper!"

Submitted by flu on May 4, 2012 - 9:43am.

I have a dumb question.

So my kid is still at an age where she prefers a bath versus shower. Problem is, it's a lot of water to be filling up and draining... Question (and I know it probably sounds gross). But is there anything one can do to recycle the water for outdoors? Any water purification,etc. I mean the water doesn't need to be drinking quality, but I would assume should have any bacteria/etc cleaned... I mean, how dirty can it really be?

Also, regarding getting a water filter. I'm still using bottled water, but considering switching to filtered water. However, I have heard that a lot of the filtered water system use anywhere from 1:1 to 1:4 ratio..That is, to have 1 gallon of filtered water, it takes 1-4 gallons to run through the system. True or false? If true, does the water just get sent out through the drain?

Submitted by The-Shoveler on May 4, 2012 - 10:07am.

Get a bucket, use it to flush the toilet, or water the plants near the house.
I knew a guy who had a flow switch for his kitchen sink, one direction watered the planter, the other the drain, depending on what he was doing with the water,
sdr, I cannot see the traffic from my house, my goal is to never leave the house unless I want to.
Internet can do that for you.
Also I would rather hike in the hills than walk to the super market really.

Submitted by all on May 4, 2012 - 10:09am.

flu wrote:

Also, regarding getting a water filter. I'm still using bottled water, but considering switching to filtered water. However, I have heard that a lot of the filtered water system use anywhere from 1:1 to 1:4 ratio..That is, to have 1 gallon of filtered water, it takes 1-4 gallons to run through the system. True or false? If true, does the water just get sent out through the drain?

If you use Brita pitcher there will be no loss. If your refrigerator has the filter option you should be getting close to 0% loss. No idea how whole house filtration system works.

Submitted by sdrealtor on May 4, 2012 - 12:07pm.

The-Shoveler wrote:
Get a bucket, use it to flush the toilet, or water the plants near the house.
I knew a guy who had a flow switch for his kitchen sink, one direction watered the planter, the other the drain, depending on what he was doing with the water,
sdr, I cannot see the traffic from my house, my goal is to never leave the house unless I want to.
Internet can do that for you.
Also I would rather hike in the hills than walk to the super market really.

Nice to meet you Mr Kaczynski

Submitted by The-Shoveler on May 4, 2012 - 2:07pm.

HA!!!
I don’t quite fit the profile as I do own a few cars and I am married
Also I have a few pets.

But when the Robo-Realtor takes your Job or the Terminator comes knocking , don’t say I did not warn you.

Submitted by sdrealtor on May 4, 2012 - 2:09pm.

HA back! The transactions I just went through the last month pretty much guarantee the days of Robo Realtor arent coming any sooner than my long awaited jet pack

Submitted by CA renter on May 4, 2012 - 7:35pm.

The-Shoveler wrote:
Get a bucket, use it to flush the toilet, or water the plants near the house.
I knew a guy who had a flow switch for his kitchen sink, one direction watered the planter, the other the drain, depending on what he was doing with the water,
sdr, I cannot see the traffic from my house, my goal is to never leave the house unless I want to.
Internet can do that for you.
Also I would rather hike in the hills than walk to the super market really.

It really is shameful that we use potable water to flush the toilet and water lawns.

Here is an under-sink greywater recycling system we've looked into. Though it's more work, perhaps one can siphon the water from the tub to the sink drain.

http://inhabitat.com/the-sloan-aqus-grey...

Submitted by TheSeaward on May 5, 2012 - 12:15pm.

@flu: I just purchased and installed one of the reverse osmosis systems you are referring to. It was about $190 from costco and installs under the sink. I did a test and to make 3 gallons of water, it sent 13 gallons down the sink drain. Luckily it's pretty easy to collect this water and use it for gardening, etc. I debated returning the unit, but thought it would be cool to have ultra pure water and figured out that it didn't waste much water compared to other things in the house. I think we only use probably a max of a few cups a day, so it's probably way less water wasted than say showering for a minute longer or adjusting the fill level of the toilet. Brita / Pur won't waste any water, but those are charcoal only systems. If you are one of those concerned about fluoride and other things, then reverse osmosis is the only practical solution besides buying bottled. I think the RO system would still be much cheaper than bottled even with the waste water it generates. Hope this helps.

Submitted by waiting hawk on May 5, 2012 - 2:56pm.

Running Springs in the mountains I pay 54 a month not using 1 drop. In Alta Loma for my primary I pay 80-100 every 2 months water lawns and everything else. Go figure right.

Submitted by flu on May 5, 2012 - 4:07pm.

TheSeaward wrote:
@flu: I just purchased and installed one of the reverse osmosis systems you are referring to. It was about $190 from costco and installs under the sink. I did a test and to make 3 gallons of water, it sent 13 gallons down the sink drain. Luckily it's pretty easy to collect this water and use it for gardening, etc. I debated returning the unit, but thought it would be cool to have ultra pure water and figured out that it didn't waste much water compared to other things in the house. I think we only use probably a max of a few cups a day, so it's probably way less water wasted than say showering for a minute longer or adjusting the fill level of the toilet. Brita / Pur won't waste any water, but those are charcoal only systems. If you are one of those concerned about fluoride and other things, then reverse osmosis is the only practical solution besides buying bottled. I think the RO system would still be much cheaper than bottled even with the waste water it generates. Hope this helps.

Yeah, I was talking about a reverse osmosis system. And yes, the one at costco I saw, and the reason I didn't get it was because someone else got one from costco and told me it was roughly a 1:4 efficiency.....

But I'm curious. How do you collect the water. Do you install a different drain underneath and drain it there? If it's easy to do, I might have second thoughts because me getting drinking water each time is kinda a pain not to mention all the plastic that is generated...

Submitted by jimmyle on May 24, 2012 - 7:43am.

Averaging $100/month for three people with 6 fruit trees, flowers, and 300 sq ft of lawn. $60 of that come from fixed fees like basic water fees and sewer fees.

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