gamegirl - I don't know how you would do this, but is there some way you can get your meter checked or look for a leak somewhere?
Our water bill for heavy use summer quarter, when I'm consistently running an irrigation system for lawn and landscape beds, plus managing regular small water changes in a 2,750 gal koi pond, a 500 gal gold fish pond, plus a running fountain and constantly, automatically replenished birdbath, plus the daily use of two adults hit a high of $327.37. We also pay the additional "suburb" charges. Its a regular summer Niagara here. We do get the winter saver rate on sewer usage, with the sewer portion of charges based on February's use.
And, No - I have no interest in conserving water. None. Nada. Zip. Don't even go there cause it will fall on deaf ears. I'm actually considering replacing the 2,750 gal pond with a 5,000 gal one. I have a small collection of conifers from all over the world. I have Hydrangeas to die for that also need regular moisture. In addition, a pox on the "plant natives" people with their smug attitudes because natives are supposedly more environmentally friendly. Bologna! There are literally tons of Mediterranean non-invasive hybrid perennials that are equally disease resistant and drought tolerant, and they look a hell of a lot better. Anybody can have a garden that looks like an unmowed rural roadside. I'll match my bee count in my hybrid perennial garden to any native planting anytime. Bees don't know the difference. I know I have more birds, winter and summer. Steps down from soap box.
For those of you who do conserve. Thank You! That means there's more for me.
Oh my, that felt good.