Wednesday, May 31, 2006

And The Hits Keep Coming

Yesterday I got a 500 dollar water bill from our public utilities. Seems our nifty electronic timers for watering the landscaping locked in the open position while J and I were both gone for who knows how many days. It was running nonstop when J returned a few days before me.

The water usage portion is 250 and then the sewer part is 250...but I called them about it, since most of that water didn't go in the sewer, it went in the ground. They said to go ahead and write a letter stating what happened and they can probably reduce the sewer down quite a bit. I hope so...letter is already in the mail to them.

I also contacted the manufacturer of the timers because they are not supposed to lock in the open position and I think that they need to pay for some of that water usage as well, but we'll see if that happens. Needless to say, even if I just got a faulty one, I don't trust using either of them again while I am gone so I plan to return them soon. They cost 30 bucks a piece and didn't save me a dime in water or landscaping....grrrrr.

6 comments:

Joanne said...

Yikes! That's awful! I agree that the company should pay but I'm sure they'll come up with a reason that it isn't their fault.

Mishka said...

Only positive to this whole thing is that the plants look lovely...haha.

Chicken said...

That sucks!! Hoopefully you can talk them into it.

J.a.G. said...

Irritating!!

At least it was water outside and not an inside pipe.

haha said...

Because of this incident - you made me think of something preventative that we are going to do when we leave the house for an extended period of time. Turn off the water! We have two cats that might accidently turn on the kitchen faucet-they are not suppose to get on the counter- if they did, they could run the well dry and burn up the well pump. I guess something good comes out of something bad. I hope it comes out in your favor darling!

Mishka said...

Haha- You could probably just turn off the valve under the sink so you wouldn't have to turn off the whole house...