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With the higher temps around the corner, it will soon be the time of year where many see their water usage increase. In reality, most homeowners overwater their yard, unintentionally wasting money every time they take out the hose or turn on the sprinklers. Landscape watering typically accounts for the majority of household water use during summer months. Higher water use increases water bills and increases the demand on our water supply.

How much does landscape watering impact your bill? For some customers following the conservation watering restrictions of no more that Twice per week, can still result in an increase of more than 10,000 to 15,000 gallons on their monthly water bill for irrigation alone!

Sound crazy?  You may be surprised...An automatic sprinkler system provides a convenience, but people have a responsibility to operate their systems efficiently and effectively.  According to the EPA, if you set your sprinkler system to run automatically and it is not programmed properly, you could use up to 35 percent more water than your neighbors without a sprinkler system.

There are a number of good irrigation use calculators available, such as the City of McKinney Irrigation Calculator where you can easily see this illustrated.

  • This calculator will be dependent on the number of zones in your system, how long you water each zone and how often and with that information it will give you an estimate of monthly water usage due to irrigation alone.

So what can you do - TAKE CONTROL WITH DATA

Water Just EnoughTo maintain maximum control of your water use, we recommend you operate your sprinkler system manually and take advantage of the WaterMyYard program and only water when local weather data tells you that you need to.

However, if you decide to run your sprinkler system on the automatic setting, take the time to check out some helpful tips to control your sprinkler to ensure you don’t put an unnecessary strain on our water supply, or your wallet.

AMI Data ExampleDon't forget that thanks to the AMI Implementation last fall and the fully functional U2You Customer Portal, customers can get direct access to view your water usage in monthly, daily and hourly increments. Want to avoid entering that second or third billing tier? Setup customized usage alerts to receive notification by email and/or text message based on your defined usage thresholds - allowing more direct control over your own water usage and subsequent bill. Participants are also able to see how their household’s usage compares to other residents that have also signed up. So take control of your water usage today!

Learn more at and sign-up for U2You at http://tinyurl.com/MelissaU2You If you have any questions about your data or how to use the portal, please contact ub@cityofmelissa.com and we will be glad to assist you!

 Here are some other resources you can refer to that may help explain the increases and also how the City of Melissa determines the utility rates.

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