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Anyone have a really high water bill since Harvey?

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ToidBoid 2
AwesomeTattooedDragon 2
Gigix4 3
SagaciousSighFiGurl 1
Joe Blow 1
SineadORebellion 1
TinktheSprite 4
witchywoman 2

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SagaciousSighFiGurl (Mod) --- 65 days ago -

Mine was almost double my highest usage month. I don't have sprinklers and hand water my flowers, there was even less of that after 50" of rain. I know I didn't actually use more water, so annoying.

What crooks... 

Gigix4 --- 65 days ago -

I kinda' expect a higher than normal bill since the large amount of rain and some winds, my meter sits right by a huge sweet gum tree that did some rockin' and rollin' during the storm and it managed cause a leak in the water line ... of course on my side of the meter. UGH!
I didn't discover the leak for several days and it took the CoH about 3 days to get someone out to check it. Then because of all the area problems, it took yet another 3 days to get a plumber out to fix it. Then it took him another 2 days to actually fix it since he had to cut out some large roots that caused the problem in the first place. 

AwesomeTattooedDragon --- 65 days ago -

I expected it, too- I figured the drainage would run up the bill, and it did- :( 

TinktheSprite --- 65 days ago -

My drainage fees were the same $6.88? 

TinktheSprite --- 65 days ago -

My water bill was about right, too. 

Gigix4 --- 65 days ago -

I figured the drainage would run up the bill

Tat, the drainage of rain water should not make your water bill increase ... the rates are based on the measured amount of water that came through the meter. 

Gigix4 --- 65 days ago -

To add to the confusion of drainage fee charges, from the CoH water department:

Explanation of my Drainage Utility Charge

All charges are based on the square footage of actual impervious surface (hard area) on a Benefitted Property, which has been determined by the use of digitized mapping data. "Impervious surface" means any area that does not readily absorb water, such as buildings, patios, driveways, and other covered areas.



The formula for calculating the Annual Drainage Utility Charge of a Benefitted Property involves the multiplication of the following two factors:

The Square Footage of the actual Impervious Surface on your property
The Rate (per square foot) applicable to your type of property


All Benefitted Properties are classified by City Ordinance into two categories:

Residential, or
Non-Residential


​An applicable Rate (per sq. ft. of Impervious Surface) is then applied to the square footage of your classified property, depending on the following:



If your Benefitted Property is defined as Residential -- the applicable rate will be determined by the type of drainage system serving your property:

If your Benefitted Property is defined as Non-Residential ? the rate applicable to your property will be $0.032 per sq. ft., regardless of the type of drainage system serving your property.

If your property is served by a Curb & Gutter Drainage System ? the Rate will be $0.032 per sq. ft of Impervious Surface.
If your property is served by an Open Ditch Drainage System ? the rate will be $0.026 per sq. ft. of Impervious Surface.



For billing purposes, your annual Drainage Utility Charge will then be divided by the number of billing cycles pertinent to your property -- either monthly (divided by 12) if your Drainage Utility Charge will be billed on your water bill, or quarterly (divided by 4), if you are not billed for water by the City 

ToidBoid --- 65 days ago -

Got mine yesterday. Almost $400. 

TinktheSprite --- 65 days ago -

Read the article. The CoH Water says there was a glitch overcharging some people. Call the number in the article. 

witchywoman --- 65 days ago -

I expected it, too- I figured the drainage would run up the bill, and it did- :(?


Weird. Drainage rates have not changed. 

witchywoman --- 65 days ago -

Tat, the drainage of rain water should not make your water bill increase ... the rates are based on the measured amount of water that came through the meter


False. You're talking about Wastewater.

Drainage is based on impervious surface.

Gigi, Google, for a leak adjustment form 

SineadORebellion --- 65 days ago -

Yep. $110 this month. $68 last month 

AwesomeTattooedDragon --- 64 days ago -

Mine was $200.00! Ugh! 

ToidBoid --- 63 days ago -

I called. COH did nothing. Said they could have somebody come out and re-read the meter (takes 30 days). Told me to check for leaks. That's it. Said I could pay the bill in installments. . .

I told rep. that there was ONE person in my household. My husband has been in rehab center since June. . . no way can one person use 25,000 gallons. She agreed. . . duh 

Joe Blow --- 63 days ago -

Mine was almost double my highest usage month.


They're targeting you. 

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