Why is my bill higher than usual?

Second quarter sewer billings may be higher for those with high discretionary water use during the quarter. Water conservation has become an increasing concern, especially in our immediate area. The U of MN Extension Service states that lawn irrigation activities should commence in early July in this area based on typical weather patterns. Second quarter irrigation activity should not be substantial if these guidelines are followed.

Additional causes for a higher than usual bill may be an irrigation leak, water softener, leaky faucet or fixtures, leaky or running toilet, or recent change in water usage. 

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