So, I bought the park thinking I could bill back water, and would be pretty simple to install meters, but after talking to a couple contractors, they are talking anywhere from $60k - $200k on a 33 space park, just to dig up a place to set meters; then the city wants about $500 a pop on top. Water bill is currently between $20k and $20k. Lot rents are about $350 in semi-rural area.
Additionally, one contractor said his excavation sub-contractor knew the park from personal experience and called the in-ground lines “spaghetti” and wont work on it (sounds expensive even if I find someone willing to do it).
So, one plumber advised me that it is much easier just to skip the whole water meters and add it to the rent. Is this a good solution? But I really prefer not to be the collector when the city could do it, but the costs seem outrageous.
If so, I figured to average the water bill from last twelve months, then increase rent by that amount (annual bill ÷ total lots ÷ 12 months), which would be about an extra $70/mo… Then in one year from now, I review water for the year, and adjust. once a year as needed. I hope people would curb usage, but suspect leaks are common even though we dont see any evidence of (wet ground, grassy spots).