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Jacksonville's Water Hogs Let Millions of Gallons Go Down the Drain

7:46 AM, Jun 28, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The average family uses about 6,000 gallons of water a month.  Each person in the house uses 90 gallons a day, and if you think that's a lot, wait until you see how much the water hogs in the city consume.

"Certainly we do have a set of residential customers that use more than the typical customer here," said JEA spokeswoman Gerri Boyce.

Well, what's typical for families in Jacksonville?

Most households are using about 72,000 gallons of water a year.

The top water hog on our list uses 1,489,949 gallons a year. That's 124,000 gallons a month.

"This takes on a life of its own when you're looking at these type of numbers," she said.

Many of the highest water consumers in Jacksonville live in large homes and gated communities, and none of them agreed to talk on camera about their water usage.

But JEA strongly suggests they all scale back.

"They need to look at their habits and decide, and some people think having the lawn, that takes precedence over the amount that they spend," she said.


So just how much are they spending?

The average family: about $60 a year on water.

The top offenders? JEA said they've seen bills hit $17,000 a year in water usage alone.


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