Could you use 140,000 gallons of water in a month?
June 30, 2009
The water agency serving Washington, DC, sent a bill in March to a 99-year-old homeowner for $1,181
, saying that she used almost 140,000 gallons of water in a month. Even after testing the meter, the officials say the bill was correct
, though it's hard to imagine what kind of leak the homeowner is missing. The average household water use in the US
is just 127,400 gallons per year -- so, somehow, the DC homeowner in question is losing more in leaks or some other missed usage every month than most households use in a year. Instances such as this one serve as a reminder just how little attention most people pay to their household water use from municipal water systems
. It's only when something goes terribly wrong that most people even notice at all.
last revised June 2009