About Water Bills and Water Usage
In 1988, the Point Roberts Water District (PRWD) successfully completed negotiations with the Greater Vancouver Water District (GVWD) to obtain a water allotment of 840,000 gallons per day. PRWD is charged for the full daily allotment by GVWD at a fixed rate, whether or not the allotment is utilized. PRWD therefore passes that charge along to customers to ensure safe and clean water is readily available. The District reads meters and sends bills on a bi-monthly basis. You do not receive a bill if there is a credit balance showing for that billing period.
According to the US Geological Survey website a typical person uses between 80-100 gallons of water per day http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/qahome.html#HDR3. The bi-monthly base rate on a standard residential water service is $79.20 for 500 cubic feet. There are 7.48 gallons in one cubic foot, and so, 500 cubic feet translates to approximately 3,740 gallons. At the current rate the water costs less than 2 cents per gallon at your tap. Compared to bottled water at about 99 cents per gallon (which in some cases is not required to meet the same rigorous standards as tap water) you are receiving top value for your dollar.
Water usage is measured in cubic feet and for the purposes of billing the usage is then rounded to increments of 100 cubic feet. In order to get a more understandable scale of personal consumption it is easier to think in terms of gallons.
- 100 Cubic Feet = 748 gallons
- 500 Cubic Feet = 3,740 gallons
- 1200 Cubic Feet = 8,976 gallons
- 2000 Cubic Feet = 14,960 gallons
- 4000 Cubic Feet = 29,920 gallons
- CCF = 100 Cubic Feet