Water inquisition

Posted: May 26, 2008 in Headlines, Just "Why?"

While most residents use fewer than 10,000 gallons a month, utility records show that some of the Treasure Coast’s most water-hungry residents use more than 15 times that amount.

The biggest users live along Martin County’s coastline, including wealthy Jupiter Island, where homeowners use up to 1.6 million gallons a month – more than 250 times the average amount used by residential customers served by Martin County utilities.

For the 12 months that ended in March, the title of top water-guzzler went to Renlec Management, the Montreal-based company of Canadian singer Celine Dion, who owns 5.7 acres in the island town. In a year, the property used about 6.5 million gallons of water, or enough to fill a 50-gallon bathtub about every four minutes.

Representatives of Dion’s company didn’t respond to requests to comment on water use at the site, where an old house has been razed to make way for a 9,800-square-foot home under construction.

Jupiter Island residents accounted for 10 of Martin County’s top 15 residential water users for the year that ended March 31.

Golfer Tiger Woods’ 12-acre Jupiter Island estate, where a home is under construction, used about 3.7 million gallons of water in that period, averaging about 310,700 gallons a month. Much of that went to irrigating new landscaping and large native trees, which had to be transplanted, according to an e-mail from Christopher Hubman, who serves on the board of Woods’ charitable foundation. (more…)

Whether or not these individuals are using “too much” water to me isn’t as big of a deal than the fact that someone can get record of your utility usage. I can easily see in the near future that what one pays for electric per month will also be open game for public scrutiny.

  1. DarkStar says:

    In Maryland, when you try to buy a house, you can get access to the average monthly energy costs for the house for 2 or 3 years.

    Two years ago, when I questioned a gas and electric bill I received, I called the energy company and complained about it. They told me the average monthly costs for my immediate neighbors for the past year and how it compared to mine over the same time frame. Because of this they re-read the meter and it turned out they were in error.

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