We just got our first post cloth diapering water bill-and Bryan made me put this on the blog- and yes, our water bill was significantly higher. We get billed every two months for water. So our last bill was in December and it was $49 for two months of service. This one reflects a 9% rate increase as of January 1, 2009. It was $94 which is much more of an increase than 9%. So on average that is $25 more each month than in the last cycle. So this is what washing diapers has done… or is it?

We did not take many showers at home in December because our water heater died and so the bulk of our bathing took place at the fitness club. That was 2 weeks worth of showers that didn’t normally happen in that billing cycle. We ate out a lot too because I didn’t want to heat water for dish washing so that could have been a factor too. So those factors could have made our bill much lower than normal that cycle.

The 2 month period before that the bill was $70 which could likely be a more comparable number. At any rate, I am not giving up on cloth diapers yet.


steffenie March 5, 2009 at 7:29 a.m.

We only spend $15-$20 per month on disposables.

Bryan March 5, 2009 at 7:39 a.m.

Just to be clear, for two normal months we spent $35 a month on water. With the rate increase that would have been $38 a month. For two cloth diaper months we spent $47 a month, so that's $9 a month more in water for cloth diapers for us.

Julie March 15, 2009 at 7:37 p.m.

wow, I have no idea how much I spend on ANYTHING! good for you!