Hydro hogs

September 27, 2006 at 5:14 pm (Environment, Portland)

Willamette Week has published their annual report of local people who use the most water.  It’s always an entertaining read.  Here’s my personal favorite:

4. Robert Pamplin Sr. Edgecliff Road, Dunthorpe

Market value: $2.44 million

Lot size: 3.2 acres

Water used: 1,059,916 gallons—enough water to make homemade paper and self-publish 21,198 copies of the King James Bible. Sitting atop the stack, one would be a third of a mile closer to Heaven.

Previous ranking: No. 4 in 2004.

Annual bill: $2,030



  1. corthar said,

    Something just doesn’t sit right with me here. This turd’s water bill is $2,000 annually? For over a million gallons of water? Portland must have the cheapest water rates known to man.

    For my 1,500 sq. foot house, I average $600 annually in water. About $50/month. But we consciously conserve water. We didn’t have a dishwasher until a few months ago; we drink bottled water rather than from the tap; we don’t water the lawn; our hot tub has been broken for two years. I just don’t get it. Yes, we brush our teeth and shower and wash clothes, but that is it. But this guy’s water is only 3 times as much, for 3.2 acres of land and over a million gallons of water? WTF??? Maybe Portland should raise their rates.

  2. JB said,

    From the article:

    “We also took the liberty of estimating how much each resident was spending on water each year, not including fixed monthly fees or sewer rates, which are calculated differently in different districts and, in some places, are added to property taxes rather than utility bills.”

    So it was probably considerably higher than that. Portland has among the cleanest municipal water in the world–cheap water is a legacy of protecting your source, rather than allowing a dry cleaner to operate right next to your supply well.

  3. corthar said,

    and you forgot about the dumping of ammonium perfluorooctanoate into the river…,

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