You can take actions now to lower your water bill next year.
Your monthly water bill actually contains two bills. A “water” fee is charged for the volume of water that flows into your home as measured by your water meter. A separate “sewer” fee is charged for the estimated volume of water that goes down your drains.
Although one could normally assume the amount of water coming out of your water taps would be the same amount of water that goes down your drains, in The Woodlands, a significant amount of water is used for things like irrigation and pools. This water does not go into the sewer treatment system.
To account for this difference, the MUDs estimate the sewer volume billed to you throughout the year from the average of your winter meter readings. Their policy states that the “maximum sewer volume per billing period shall be based on the average water used during the winter periods of December, January and February.”
Therefore, by shutting off irrigation systems and taking other steps to limit your water usage in winter months, you can establish the maximum sewer volume for which you will be billed for the remainder of the year.