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Should you get a water meter-

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:

Household size

Annual bill (80 gals.)*

Annual bill (100 gals.)*

1 person

$109.17

$136.46

2 people

$218.34

$272.92

3 people

$327.51

$409.38

4 people

$436.68

$545.84

* Amount used per day, per person



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