Customers ask for more information about water use. A water budget is on your
water bill only as a guide. It shows how much water a moderately careful
customer would typically use in a month. It is calculated by using average
household size, the lot size of your house, and the weather. If you happen to
exceed your budget, your bill will tell you how much money you would’ve saved if
you stayed within your budget.
How does it work?
All you need to do is take time to review the graphs on your water bill. The
graphic to your right shows how the water budget will appear on your bill.
- Winter water use is based on indoor use. Each customer
receives an indoor budget of 6 thousand gallons per month. This
is based on three people living at a residence. If you want to
change your persons per household to get a more accurate water
budget, please call 970-336-4134 or complete the feedback form
below requesting a change in household size.
- During the growing season, your budget is based on the
actual water needs of the lawn. This is based on the area that
can be irrigated on your property. This is determined by the
size of your lot minus the house and visible pavement.
Map data of your property is available to see what
areas are included in your water budget.
To help you plan, you will see a projected budget for the next month based on
historic weather. To stay within budget, always take weather conditions into
account when watering your lawn. If you want to monitor your water use more
closely, you can request a hand-held electronic water meter. Please call
970-336-4134 to reserve your water monitor. It will be programmed for your home
meter and then it will be ready for you to pick it up.
There are many benefits to a Water Budget program. It is a tool for you to
save money and water by providing information on water use and discouraging
waste. Please contact our Water Conservation hotline at 970-336-4134 if you have
any questions regarding this program.