When the city of Birmingham raises their taxes or water rates they do it because they are in constant need of more income to offset expenses and maintenance. The problem is nobody raises the resident’s income to offset the higher bills they now have to pay and in fact with the economic downturn some resident’s incomes have decreased making it even more difficult to pay the ever increasing bills.
It’s pretty much common knowledge that if you want to save money on your water bill you should fix leaky faucets and toilets, never leave the water run longer than you have to and turn off the water while brushing your teeth. However many Birmingham residents are not aware of the fact that if you place a full 2 liter bottle of water in your toilet tank it will reduce the amount of water used for flushing which can save gallons of water a year, it is also suggested that you not flush every time you urinate but that seems unsanitary to me. Another good idea I got from the H2O conserve.org web site is to place an empty bucket in the shower while waiting for the water to heat up and use that water for cleaning or watering plants. Many people are finding ways to collect rain water so they can use it to water their lawns and gardens and find that’s its worth a little extra time.
There are a lot of other great ideas at the H2O conserve.org web site most of which can be applied to your daily routine to greatly reduce the amount of water you use and according to the city of Birmingham web site you are paying $3.26 per 1,000 gallons of water used and that does not include the sewer rate of $7.81 per 1,000 gallons of water used. Finding more ways to use less water will save you money and help to conserve our resources.