User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


67° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Sioux Falls Homeowner: $2,500 Water Bill

August 30, 2012, 5:02 PM by Don Jorgensen

Sioux Falls Homeowner: $2,500 Water Bill
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Sioux Falls homeowners are getting a first look at their August water bills.  With the hot, dry weather, sprinklers have been running nonstop, and now the complaints are pouring in to city hall.

That got us wondering just how much money people were spending to keep their lawns alive before the new restrictions took effect this week.

KELOLAND News asked the city to put together a list of the ten highest residential water bills in town.  The totals will surprise you.

Keeping your lawn green is taking a lot of green out of your pocketbooks this summer, some more than others.

"I would say if you're doing any level of watering, you would see an average bill in the $40 to $50 range at least," Business Operations Manager with Public Works Dean Borchardt said.

But there are some who have been H2O hogs.

The top five water bills for one month range from $1,800 to almost $2,500 or 231,000 gallons.

"As you look at the amount of gallons they use, 230,000 plus gallons, that's an extraordinary amount of gallons to use in a one-month time period," Borchardt said.

Borchardt, who has been with public works for four years, says he's never seen bills this high.  To put it in perspective, that $2,500 water bill is more than 231,000 gallons, enough to fill the Terrace Park swimming pool almost one and a half times.

The city has a tiered-billing system meaning the more water you use, the higher rate you'll pay.  And judging by the numbers, some of you are paying an awful lot.

"Water usage at this level is a personal choice.  We don't require or limit the amount you can purchase, but the more you use, the more you'll pay," Borchardt said.

Borchardt says of the top ten users, six are establishing new lawns, but they have to have a permit to water everyday and the permit is only good for 14 days.  Once it expires, the homeowner has to follow watering restrictions just like the rest of us, which is now once a week.

 Review the Sioux Falls stage two watering restrictions

TOP 10 AUGUST 2012 SINGLE FAMILY WATER BILLS

Ranking Gallons Used Total Bill
1 231,880 $2,472.64
2 225,148 $2,401.47
3 209,440 $2,177.65
4 193,732 $1,957.04
5 187,000 $1,859.11
6 179,520 $1,764.74
7 172,788 $1,685.01
8 165,308 $1,584.33
9 162,316 $1,544.04
10 160,072 $1,519.73

 

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







Sponsored
 

View news

You may also like

Woman Says Man Drugged Her at Concert, Hopes Story Helps Others

5/19/2015 6:05 PM

It was supposed to be an unforgettable concert, but a woman says she cannot remember it because she believes someone drugged her.

Full Story | Watch
Chicken Doesn’t Recognize Boy After Hair Cut

5/19/2015 12:22 PM

Video of a young boy getting a hug from a chicken is collecting a flock of fans.

Full Story
Former Sioux Falls Teacher Sentenced To 15 Years

5/22/2015 11:04 AM

In February, Drueppel admitted she had a relationship with a student while working as a teacher at a Sioux Falls middle school.

Full Story
Police Officer Killed In Omaha Shooting

5/21/2015 5:42 AM

Police in Omaha, Nebraska, say a shootout between officers and a convicted felon has left an officer and the suspect dead.

Full Story
Elementary School's Playground Destroyed By Fire

5/23/2015 5:14 PM

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue put out a fire on the playground of Hawthorne Elementary Saturday afternoon that damaged the school.

Full Story


Events