We had our backyard re-done this past summer. Yep the hottest summer ever and our pool was being renovated...bad timing on our part. Our water people have this thing, where you can file a variance if you use more water then you're supposed to. When we filled our pool, we filled out a variance and they credited your account. Well after we filled the pool we had a leak and didn't know it. Each of us were filling up the pool, not realizing the other was filling it up. Bottom line we got a bill the next month for $416! I nearly choked on my breakfast when I opened the bill. But I filled out a little variance for the leak and guess what came in the mail for our next bill?
We had to pay the $416, but now we have a credit and we won't have to pay another water bill till probably March or April, awesome! I can definitely think of some things I'd rather spend my money on then water.
What did I learn? If you have a really high water bill, try filling out a variance form, you just might get some money back.