Frequently Asked Questions about Water/Sewer Bills
When is my water meter read?
Meters are read once each quarter, or four times a year. Our meter readers now use state-of-the-art electronic readers to ensure accuracy.
Why is my bill so high?
Often, when Plainfield residents receive their bills, they wonder why it is so high. Residents are billed once each quarter for water and/or sewage usage. One thing to keep in mind is that the bill reflects usage for the previous three months. In other words, a bill received in the fall will have summer usage on it. By this time, we find that many residents forget how frequently they may have watered over the summer, and are occasionally shocked by their bill.
Why is my bill so high? (part 2)
One of the biggest contributing factors to high water bills is the use of an irrigation system. An average sprinkler head can use up to two gallons per minute. If your system has 20 heads, and runs for 20 minutes each day, the result is 24,000 gallons per month or 72,000 gallons each quarterly bill. One thing that you can do to monitor your watering is take a reading at the start of a water cycle and again at the end. By performing this check, you know exactly how much water is b
What Effect Does a slow leak have?
A slow drip can add up to 15-20 gallons per day. Your water meter is the best detective for finding sizable leaks in your home. Turn everything off carefully, so no water is being used anywhere in the house. Then check the position of the meter dial for about 15 minutes. If it hasn't moved, you have a relatively watertight home. But if it moves, start by checking those connections, faucets, and toilets.
To find out how much water you have used in any given period, just subtract the reading used on your last bill from the current meter reading. Read your meter left to right using the numbers in the thousand digits printed on the white background.