Residents feeling the heat when it comes to water bills

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Dwayne and Amelia Farrior hear the sound of sprinklers, "everyday for about 30-45 minutes," says Dwayne.

They'll admit, there is one big reason why.

"Everybody wants a beautiful yard," he adds.

They're not alone.  Homeowners across the area are paying the price to have pristine, green lawns.

"It's almost tripled this year," says Amelia in reference to the couple's water bill.

The Farriors shelled out $250 dollars in June just for their bill.

"August bill came in at about $120-130," says Dwayne.

It's a far cry from the $40 dollars they're used to paying in the winter.

"I'm just waiting for the fall," adds Amelia.

There are some things you can do to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.

-Make sure your sprinkler is only watering the grass and not the driveway.

-Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler.

-Check outdoor faucets and hoses for leaks.

-Use sprinklers for large areas of grass.

-Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.

"It's the cost of home ownership," says Dwayne.

He knows the water bill is high, but is willing to pay to keep his lush lawn a little longer--all the while hoping Mother Nature steps in soon.

"Oh, I'd love rain. I'd love rain. If I could recycle it I would...and use that instead."

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