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Old 10-11-2016, 01:08 PM   #1
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Paying $340 water bill.....

(and brother in law who is crashing with us for undetermined amount of time can't understand that 15 minute showers are NOT fine)
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Paying $340 water bill.....

(and brother in law who is crashing with us for undetermined amount of time can't understand that 15 minute showers are NOT fine)
Give him the water bill.
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Old 10-11-2016, 01:35 PM   #3
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Tell him to stop masturbating.
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Old 10-11-2016, 01:50 PM   #4
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I lived in California for a time.
Now my mortgage and electricity bill combined are lower than your water bill.
And yes, dude needs to stop making water babies.
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Old 10-11-2016, 01:51 PM   #5
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Is that for 3 months? Does that include sewage?

My bill was $317 for the last quarter, it's about $50 above average. Though, the female in my house does take long showers, I usually fill my hot tub once in that time, and I have a sprinkler system...
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Per month. Gasoline is cheaper than water when you don't have any.
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Old 10-11-2016, 03:04 PM   #7
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I think my quarterly water + sewer bill is creeping up on $150. My city water reservoir is let down every year before winter to prevent flooding, and I don't believe they've pulled from the secondary reservoir in ~ 3 decades.

I'd venture to say that clean drinking water is more readily available in Olmos, Peru today than in almost all of California.
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Old 10-11-2016, 03:07 PM   #8
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Don't you know we still have a SEVERE DROUGHT?! Just look at the electronic freeway signs!
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Old 10-11-2016, 03:14 PM   #9
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It's for 2 months....but still f-ed up. I do spend less on gas than on water per month. I got a kid so trying to keep at least some grass for him to play on is costing a lot. And yes - all are valid suggestions about the brother in law
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My water bill averages $8-$11 a month. My sewer bill and trash bill is $44 a month. I take however long showers I want. No ***** are given in my house about water usage. I also keep my ac on at 68 degrees because I also have cheap electric.
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My mom's boyfriend owns a SMALL avocado farm, like 25 acres on the side of the hill outside I think Escondido.

His water bill for the farm has been averaging $9,000-10,000/month through this drought.
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Old 10-11-2016, 04:23 PM   #12
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I no has water bill, well water FTW!
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Old 10-11-2016, 05:22 PM   #13
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California still has water?
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Old 10-11-2016, 05:34 PM   #14
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california has access to a literally endless supply of water.* or **












* the water cycle is endless, but the rate at which you get it is very low
















** but it's a little salty
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Dude what? I take 15 minute showers and my water bill isn't nearly that high.

asked a friend in san jose what he pays and he said its under 100. and he lives with women.
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Old 10-11-2016, 07:51 PM   #16
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1 man
1 brother in law (real men don't live with their sister's family)
1 wife
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California is not all the same....Northern Cali has a lot more rain compared to us down by the border. I'll be drinking less water, more beer...

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My 3 month water bill last quarter was slightly over $48. And I bitched because it's usually below $45.
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Mine tells me how much water i used, apparently in 3 months i sucked down only 400 gallons of water. Maybe i didn't refill the tub, i can't remember.
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Don't get me started or to borrow from Joe Perez, "Another Rant by Hox"

We currently pay $4.216/ hundred cubic feet of water. Seventh highest rate in the US. $84/month for trash which includes a fee because I live in a hilly area. Most of Portland has hilly areas, too hilly in fact to move any snow that may fall which leads to a thrilling afternoon of watching people crash their AWD suvs on the sheet of ice that forms after a few failed attempts.

Then our city leaders decided trash pick up should be every other week for the same rate. Recycling is every week. We have to freeze anything that will reek after a few days until the night before trash pickup. I pity anyone with a can full of diapers festering for two weeks who has these cans in their garage. Did I mention that trash cans must be moved out of site from the street or you get a nasty warning letter as you are not doing your part to make your neighborhood beautiful. This is CC &R that the city allowed our HOA to put in place.

Our water rates are so high, not because of a water shortage, (it rains all the time here) but because the city has deferred any upgrades to the water and sewer system. Due to its antiquated nature, the costs to repair this system to code is very high. The city is currently being sued by the Feds because they have not covered the water storage systems that any animal can fall into. We recently had a boil alert because someone was recorded urinating into the storage system. Of course the city will just raise the rates to cover the cost of the lawsuit

Same for the roads which have made me have to bend my miata exhaust after hitting a mountain of asphalt pushed up by the city buses. To raise $ they are now contemplating a GPS tracker for all vehicles to charge us on a per mile basis, along with a special gas tax. Those damn hybrids just don't use enough gas. Did I mention that my property tax ( I have a 8000 sq foot lot) is going to be $10,000 this year?

Portland has a few weird taxes too. For the past few years anyone 18 or older who makes >$1000 and lives in Portland had to pay a $37/year Arts Tax which was marketed as a mechanism for putting arts and music into public schools. We later found out that for at least one of these years, the administrative costs somehow used up a good deal of the money. Then we found out that this tax was being used to support commercial ventures such as the ballet and opera companies which was never disclosed. Don't mind supporting the arts, but I hate the lack of transparency.
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Ouch, that's just all kind of messed up. And I always wanted to move to Oregon (with Portland being at the top of the list) because I thought my water bill, taxes, etc would be much lower. Our trash used to be around $75 but then for some reason was reduced to about $46 and I'm happy to take that.


Anyone from Colorado (my second top place) wants to chime in and burst that bubble?
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