WATER - This is the charge for all the potable (drinking) water you have used during any one month - inside and outside of the home. Every time you water your garden, wash your clothes or use water in your home, you pay a rate which is measured in 1,000 gallon increments. During the summer months, many residents realize a higher water bill because they use more water outside the home for things like watering their lawns. Water meters, located inside your home, provide the BOPU with the information of how much water was used at your home/business. On average, water bills are based on 30 days, depending on holidays and how the billing cycle aligns.