Should you get a water meter-
BY TIM NOVAK, CHRIS FUSCO AND ART GOLAB Staff Reporters
If you live in Chicago and don't have a water meter, how can you tell if getting one would save you money-
You can't know for sure, because without a meter, there's no way to tell how much water you're using.
But you can still get a good idea of whether you'd save by using the U.S. Geological Survey's estimate that a typical person uses 80 to 100 gallons of water a day.
The city now charges metered customers $2.01 for every 1,000 gallons of water used. Their water bills also include a sewer fee equivalent to 86 percent of their water charges.
Based on those figures, here's how much a household with one, two, three or four people living there would pay in water and sewer fees this year with a meter:
Annual bill (80 gals.)*
Annual bill (100 gals.)*
* Amount used per day, per person