Austin Water encourages customers to be extra waterwise now that we are in the hottest months of the year. Following an extremely wet spring season, the soaring summer heat increases the potential for higher than normal water usage which can result in unexpected water bill increases.
Water usage always increases as the summer months heat up. Last year, however, when a wet spring was followed by a very hot July and August, spikes in water usage were much higher than normal. For example:
Last year overall water usage for July was 37% higher than May, compared to around 15% the previous three years.
The difference between May and August last year was 62%, compared to an average 25% increase the previous three years.
Just like last year, this May was a wet month and July and August are of course almost certainly going to be extremely hot. So don’t get caught with an unexpected high water bill.
Planning is the best way to keep a lid on water usage. We advise our customers to follow the current watering schedule (conservation stage) while looking for ways to reduce indoor water usage. Outdoor water usage is at its height during the summer months. So, that means significant water savings can be accomplished during this time. That’s why now is the best time to check your irrigation system, learn more about your watering day and make sure you know how to read your water bill to set realistic goals on summer water usage. Following these practices can greatly reduce the possibility of an unexpected spike in your water bill while protecting one of our area’s most precious resources.