My hatred for the water company..... (in Off-topic)

Mandy [Journey] July 18 2006 2:06 PM EDT

As most of you know, I am writing a business plan. I have a problem and I can't get an answer (from stupid water company) The root of the problem is that I have no concept of water. I couldn't tell you if I use 5 gallons of water for a shower or 50 gallons. The business plan is for a fitness gym with 2 showers in each locker room. The water company is full of stupid idiots *too bad this is pg* and refused to help me, and I am a current customer of theirs. Any ideas on how to come up with a "round about average" of a water bill would be nice. Now, I understand location and all that comes into play alot, but at this point I don't care, I just need a believable figure.


SuiteStuff [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] July 18 2006 2:09 PM EDT

do what i do...dont use water...instead shower in tastes better!

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] July 18 2006 2:10 PM EDT

You need a per gallon price, an average gallons per minute, and a guesstimation of how long a show will take (5-7 minutes)...

Check out the GPM of industrial shower heads, and confirm how much a gallon you're paying.

Mandy [Journey] July 18 2006 2:15 PM EDT

The problem with that is this is a start-up business plan, I dont have any other basis to go off of and the stupid water company wouldn't give me a price list..Now, I could use the water bill for the trailer park assist with, it has 18 trailers, but then the water would be a little high because of things like washing dishes and laundry (assuming tenents do those things other than shower)

Thraklight Resonance July 18 2006 3:04 PM EDT

How long a show? Has novice been peeking in the shower room again? :-)

bartjan July 18 2006 3:19 PM EDT

Who needs the water company if there's Google?

average water consumption shower
is a query that showed up lots of results.

QBsutekh137 July 18 2006 3:46 PM EDT

She still needs price per gallon to get final figures...

In St. Louis, water is free -- you pay for the number of faucets/spigots/bathrooms, etc.

According to some Google searches, average price for water in the USA is 52 cents per cubic meter (264 gallons).

Here is the link

Hope that helps!

Mandy [Journey] July 18 2006 3:55 PM EDT

Hmm, wonder if I can just drill a well and get the water for free (+the cost of electricity for the pump) just the thing that sucks about that is if there was a power outage there would be no water.

Note to self: To get around water companys, 1.) drill well 2.) buy generator
Sorry - the water company really irked me, she tried to tell me I wasn't a customer, I told her she needed to check the signature on the check when it comes in the mail ;p BUT bickering isn't helping me answer the problem any less.

bartjan July 18 2006 3:59 PM EDT

To get around water company:
- drill well
- get pump
- get water purifier

Adminedyit [Superheros] July 18 2006 4:14 PM EDT

OK as my towns WC maybe i can help you glow. If they bill for water they will either bill as a flat monthly rate or if by the gallon they will have to have a water meter installed. Most places that use a meter give a set amount of water N at a flat rate the meter is there to charge for the X amount of gallons that are used over the N amount. As for a well, if you have a water main that runs by your place of business you will still be charged for water as the service is "provided". Also i believe they are required to tell you their rates as its a matter of public record.
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