Common Causes of High Water Bills & Tips To Reduce Water Usage

High water bills are usually serious plumbing repair warning signs, and here are some tips to help you reduce your household’s water usage!

high water bills are often signs of leaks and the need to reduce water usage

We all need water on a daily basis for so much more than just drinking, because almost every household chore requires it. From bathing, cooking, washing dishes and clothes, to even watering your plants, water is essential for everyday life.

And here in northern Utah, it’s no surprise that we’re dealing with widespread water shortages. This means that high water bills and water conservation are crucial concerns for every local household, and all of us at Beehive Plumbing understand how confusing it can be when you’re not exactly sure why your water bills are suddenly increasing.

So below we’re going over some of the most common causes of high water bills, and we’re also providing some tips to help you reduce your household’s overall water usage!

Several Factors Cause High Water Bills

Although there are many different factors that contribute to rising water bills, the following are some of the most common:


Leaks just so happen to be a very common cause for high water bills, and this includes leaks that occur anywhere within a plumbing system. Leaks often arise in toilets, pipes, faucets, water heaters, and all sorts of other plumbing fixtures, and most leaks lead to significant water wasting.

Even a tiny leak can end up wasting hundreds upon hundreds of gallons of water on a monthly basis!

Activities That Use Water

There are many household activities that require a lot of water, including bathing, washing clothes, and taking care of your lawn. These activities can significantly contribute to increasing water bills, essentially because the amount of water needed tends to add up rather quickly.

Inefficient Plumbing Fixtures

A lot of northern Utah households still have outdated or older plumbing fixtures, including showerheads, toilets and faucets. Older fixtures can often waste a lot of water, and can ultimately cause increasing water bills.

The good news is that resolving this issue is pretty simple and only requires fixture upgrades.

Large Households Simply Require More Water

Sometimes your water bills are increasing just because the size of your household is also increasing. The more children a couple has, the more likely they’ll slowly but surely see significant monthly bill increases.

Your Home’s Location

Northern Utah offers a wide range of different towns and climates, and the actual location of your home can sometimes determine how much your water bills will be. This is due to different water treatment costs and potential water scarcity.

Tips To Reduce Your Home’s Overall Water Usage

Here are some steps that northern Utah households can take to reduce their overall water usage:

Fixing Leaks

If you’re noticing abnormally high water bills, then your first step will be to reach out to our Master Plumbers and have us examine your plumbing system for leaks. If any leaks are found, you’ll need to get it fixed as quickly as possible.

Investing in Efficient Fixtures

There are countless water-efficient plumbing fixtures in today’s marketplace that can support older homes in need of an upgrade. This can include low-flow showerheads, toilets and faucets that do a great job at reducing overall water usage (without sacrificing fixture performance).

Being More Cautious With Water Usage

Sometimes saving on water usage means changing up daily routines and habits. This could mean taking shorter showers, not running faucets while brushing your teeth, and only running full dishwasher and washing machine loads.

Getting Running Toilets Fixed by Professionals

Running toilets tend to waste tons of water, so if you’re hearing your toilet constantly running, then it’s a serious red flag that you need a toilet repair.

Sometimes you may only need a new fill valve or flapper, but getting this issue addressed by experienced professionals will always help you avoid other problems and potential mistakes.

Installing a Water Meter

When your northern Utah home has a water meter, it’ll help you recognize sudden water usage spikes. Water meters are also very helpful tools when you need to recognize leak warning signs, as well as other plumbing issues that result in higher water bills.

Contact Beehive Plumbing When You Need Help Lowering Your Water Bills & Decreasing Your Home’s Water Usage!

Beehive Plumbing has supported the northern Utah community for over 20 years, so we’ve seen just how much water costs have risen in recent years. Our team is also here to help you when it comes to diagnosing the causes of abnormally high water bills, as well as decreasing water usage in responsible ways.

Reach out to us online or give us a call at 801-661-8155 to speak with our specialists today about what you’re experiencing with your home’s water bills!

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