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A Change in Your Water Bill This Fall–Which Way Will You Flow?

by admin on August 10, 2012

Potential Increase in Your Water Bill this Fall, but GoodLife Team and TreeHouse Can Help


The human body can survive eight to fourteen days without water, but how long can your wallet survive with the restructuring of usage charges by the water utility this fall?

Austin water customers are going to see a change in their bills when the utility revamps their rates.

Above-average water consumers will see bills rise, while those who show a habit of conservation will see a slight drop.

Our friends at TreeHouse want to give you a head start this summer before the fall increase with a few tips and easy updates to keep your water and your wallets flowing.

Water Efficiency

Fresh, clean, sanitary water is one of the most precious resources on earth. Using water wisely is not only good for the health of all living systems, it is also good for your wallet.


    1. High-Performance Toilets – Toilets use more water than anything else in the home. High-performance toilets work just as well as traditional toilets (i.e. move the same volume of material), but use only half the water. Using a high-performance toilet can reduce your overall home water consumption by as much as 30 percent. If replacing the toilets completely is a bigger project than you are ready to take on, there are kits available for less than $30 that will convert any toilet into a dual flush, high-performance toilet.
    2. High Efficiency Showers and Faucets – These shower and faucet heads use roughly 20 percent less water, without compromising spray pressure or spray coverage area. Also, for less than $10 you can add an aerator on to almost any faucet and meaningfully reduce water use at that source.
    3. Rain Water Collection – Rain water is free and can very easily be collected off almost any roof with minimal work and investment. That water can then be used to water lawns and gardens, wash cars, wash pets, rinse outdoor furniture … you name it. Anything non-potable. Need more pressure? Hook up a solar-powered water pump to the top of your barrel.

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