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At Rock Crusher (a Sun park) the only sites with water meters are the annuals. But the anticipated rate increase for next year is 3 to 5 %. The early water bills I've heard are between $6 and $10.


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rk911 wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

Same amount of water on earth as there has ever been.

counter-intuitive but true. but there are more people chasing that water putting the 1st rule of economics into play. and while the amount of water hasn't changed its location certainly has.


We could have quite the conversation about water “shortages” etc! But maybe not here.


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Maybe its because of the people that bring the portable hot tubs? Ive seen a couple over the years. I`ve been toying with the idea of getting one. although I would offer to pay to fill it up. because the initial per night rate wasn't intended for an extra 2-300 gallons of unnecessary water use!


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EPA rules governing non community water systems ( look up EPAs. RGWR. Revised ground water rules) were forced on the states to implement 3 years ago. as a result monthly testing for sanitation, annual for metals, nitrates/its, and other contaminates are good for the public health and quality, however add substantial cost and time to the water system manager.
Should a water sample test above levels, or positive for contaminates remedy is even more costly. If a rural camp has always had good water with only periodic well chlorination then experiences a flood or excessive rainfall which contaminates the next sample, even though its a moment event , then RGWR requires that water system to install continuous treatment. $$$$
quality potable water cost has gone up. Small systems bear the highest cost especially if they are forced to install continuous treatment or God forbid, a no drinking water order while they conform to the new regulations.
Individual site water metering is a difficult proposition. Likely only warm winter camps could justify cost, as in colder locations meters would have to placed deep underground or heated.
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bobsallyh wrote:

There are several RV Parks in Yuma, AZ. that have started to charge for water. They are long term snowbird parks.


With the poor city water quality (extreme hardness) it had better be good water if they are charging for it. I certainly wouldn’t pay for Yuma city water. I’d be tempted to haul the RV to the corner water stand and get good water for 50 cents for 5 gallons.

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I don't really have any issue with a water charge. We're paying for it regardless of how it's charged. $1000 per month and $20 per month for water or $1020 per month water included. It just took me a little off guard because I'd never heard of a park charging for it. It was always included in the price but.... times...they are a changin!

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RobWNY wrote:

I don't really have any issue with a water charge. We're paying for it regardless of how it's charged. $1000 per month and $20 per month for water or $1020 per month water included. It just took me a little off guard because I'd never heard of a park charging for it. It was always included in the price but.... times...they are a changin!

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I pay for power, water, gas, and garbage pickup at our stick&brick home, so what is different when we are at a campground, except that those costs are usually just part of the regular site rate?


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When it is readily available we use far more water than we think. Don't be surprised if you go through 100gal per person per week when hooked up to FHU.

Here in Bermuda we grow up with water conservation in mind since there is no city water or well water. What falls on our roofs is what we have to live on. Every house has a tank underneath it. Every house has its own water pumping system. We get about 60" rainfall a year.

During dry periods or when people are not careful they have to buy water. I think 1000gal is about $125 these days. How does that compare?


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Posted: 03/09/19 07:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rk911 wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

Same amount of water on earth as there has ever been.

counter-intuitive but true. but there are more people chasing that water putting the 1st rule of economics into play. and while the amount of water hasn't changed its location certainly has.


At the risk of taking this off-topic: not true. Most states that are drilling for oil/gas have turned to fracking, which uses/contaminates hundreds-of-thousands to millions of gallons of fresh water, which is put into super-deep disposal wells, well below the water tables that would put it back into the "Water Cycle". These miles-deep disposal wells are what are triggering the earthquakes in OK, for example

So back to the topic at hand: I'm not surprised by a nominal water use charge? One of the things I noticed as a FL condo-owning Snowbird is that our local water utility charges us all kinds of customer fees resulting in monthly costs around $36 even when there's zero use. I can only imagine how they must stick it to the RV parks....

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