Why did my usage increase by 1 HCF this month when I know I used the same amount of water for both months?
Your water meter measures whole and fractions of HCF (hundreds of cubic feet), but PWD only bills the whole number; the fraction is ignored. For example, if your water meter measures 2.9 HCF, PWD bills 2 HCF when you actually used almost 3 HCF. The chart below illustrates why you are billed different amounts even though you used the same amount of water two months in a row. For ease of demonstration, assume the 3/1/09 read date was the date a brand new meter was installed.
|Reading Date||Actual Meter Reading||Actual Water Consumed||Billed Meter Reading (based on whole #)||Billed HCF||Actual Water Consumed in Gallons|
|4/1/09||0002.9||2.9 HCF||0002||2 HCF||2,169 (2.9HCF x 748)|
|5/1/09||0005.80||2.9 HCF||0005||3 HCF||2,169 (2.9HCF x 748)|