Waste Not Want Not As Water Gets Expensive, Money Is Going Down The Drain

We are all feeling it –costs consistently creeping upward, skyrocketing grocery bills, and do we dare discuss what we are dealing with at the pump? What’s next? The sad answer is: Your water bill.

Water, a commodity that most Americans have taken for granted, may be going the way of gas prices. It is estimated that some New England areas will be seeing water bill increases of close to 15% within the next year.

Despite the fact that water is and always has been a limited resource, it has not always been treated or respected as such. With the increase of urban development and the change in weatherpatterns, water shortage is becoming a growing problem for New England condominiums, as seen by a proliferation of water bans and restrictions.

The water shortage boils down to basic economic supply and demand. New England primarily gets its supply of water from reservoirs or aquifers (underground reservoirs or wells), both of which have a limited amount of water that needs to be collected in order to replenish themselves. Yet through urbanization (and “pavescaping” instead of landscaping) we have deprived storm water an avenue to be absorbed into the ground. As cities are continually expanding and increasing in population, so are water usage and abusage on the rise. A decreasing supply of water, combined with increased demand, equals a sizable water bill.

Despite what appears to be a rather bleak situation, water costs and conservationcan be within our control and budgets if we use and conserve our water wisely.


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  • Great article Hillary. I have also done some research on water conservation. One way to "persuade" folks to consider saving is definitely through their wallets. Here in W North Carolina we have been fighting drought for a few years. One proposed solution, which I supported was to determine the average necessary water use for a household. This does not include washing your car, or watering your lawn every day, or filling your swimming pool or other non-vital water uses. Once the household average daily use is determined, hey are charged a normal per gallon price for gallons up to the average. If they go under the amount, they are given a small per gallon credit on their bill. If they exceed, they pay about 3 times the amount per gallon! Getting people to think about each drop of water as money will really modify the way they use water. After all, conserving water should NOT be a personal choice.
  • Very informative article with great tips on conservation. I have a home in NC; it seems pretty green as far as everthing being new. Water bill only runs about 25.00 a month, not bad. We conserve water as much as possible. There has been a drought in this state for over 2 years.