ONLINE BILL PAYMENTS

WARNING: IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT USING ONLINE BANKING TO PAY YOUR UTILITY BILLS  YOU NEED TO BE AWARE THAT MOST BANKS USE A THIRD PARTY TO PROCESS CHECKS REQUESTED THROUGH THEIR ONLINE BILL PAYMENT SYSTEM.  THIS MEANS THAT YOUR MONEY IS DEDUCTED FROM YOUR ACCOUNT AND SENT TO A THIRD PARTY PROCESSOR, NOT DIRECTLY TO THE DESIGNATED PAYEE.  BILLS PAID THROUGH YOUR ON-LINE BANKING SYSTEM MAY TAKE UP TO 15 BUSINESS DAYS TO BE RECEIVED. 

 


HELPFUL HINTS

DOES YOUR WATER BILL SEEM HIGHER THAN USUAL?

 

If your current water bill seems high, consider these questions:

  1. Did you use excess water keeping the grass green?
  2. Did you go on vacation and leave someone else in charge of watering your lawn?
  3. Do you have an automatic sprinkler system with a broken head?
  4. Have you put in a pool recently?
  5. Was your hose left running for some reason?
  6. Did you do extra loads of laundry before or after a vacation?

 

Outdoor watering can double or triple your water bill.  Consider reading your water meter before and after outside usage.

 

IDEAS TO HELP YOU FIND WATER LEAKS AND REDUCE YOUR WATER CONSUMPTION

 

A high water bill may also indicate you have a leak.  Even a small leak can waste enough water for you to notice an increase on your bill.  Fix your leaks promptly to avoid any excess charges.  Some leaks can go undetected.  Make sure all of your faucets, your washing machine and any other appliance that use water are turned off. 

 

More ideas to help you reduce your water consumption:

  1. Faucets, Bathtubs and Showers
    1. Think about switching your showerhead.  While old showerheads can pour out 5 gallons of water every minute, the new low –flow showerheads use just 1.5 to 2.5 gallons per minute, cutting your water use by 50% or more.
  2. Toilets
    1. Having a leaky flush mechanism can waste as much as 500 gallons per day.  Listen for running water.  You may want to consider upgrading to a low-flow toilet if yours was installed before 1993; old toilets may be inefficient, using 2 to 3 more gallons of water per flush.
  3. Outside Faucets
    1. Replace worn gaskets and washers.  Make sure all hoses are off.  To protect against freezing, always disconnect hoses and shut inside valves to outside faucets during the winter months. 
  4. Sprinkler Systems
    1. Walk through your yard periodically and check to see if you notice any muddy or spongy areas.  There may be a small crack in your underground irrigation line.  Do not use the system for a few days.  If the spot is still wet that may be where the leak is.  Another way to tell is to shut the sprinkler system off.  Does the water meter still move?  If it does, the system is leaking. 

 

FOR OUR RESIDENT’S ON PRIVATE SEPTIC SYSTEMS:

For many homeowners, having an individual septic system may be a new experience and too often once a septic system is installed it is ignored until there is a problem.  For good information on keeping your septic system function go to:

            www.epagov/owm

and follow these steps: septic systems, a to z subject index, then homeowners and you should find a homeowners guide to septic system.  See page 17 for helpful do’s and don’ts.