Irrigating wisely saves on winter utility bill


Published: Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 1:11 a.m.
Gainesville Regional Utilities customers can save hundreds of dollars a year by conserving water during the winter.
The "winter max" caps the amount of water used at your home that is subject to wastewater charges the rest of the year.
Each year, customers establish a new winter maximum during the "billing" months of January and February. The winter max is the highest daily average of the two months, multiplied by 30.4 (the average number of days in a month) rounded to the nearest 1,000 gallons.
During the January and February billing months, all of your water use is subject to wastewater charges. No max applies.
To keep your winter max at the lowest possible value, GRU offers these tips:
  • Do not use water outside.
  • Do not irrigate your lawn.
  • Do not wash your car.
  • Fix all leaks before this period begins.
  • Learn when your billing month begins and ends.
    To do this, look at your bill and note the day GRU reads the meter. This date will vary by up to five days each month, depending on weekends and holidays.
    The January billing month begins on the day the meter is read for the December bill. The February billing month begins on the day the meter is read for the January bill, and ends on the day the meter is read for the February bill.
    If you have a separate irrigation meter, no winter max applies to the house water meter. All water used through the house meter is subject to wastewater charges; water use through the irrigation meter is not subject to those fees.
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