Water Bill Reduced by $34,515

When your utility company thinks your water bill went down too much, you’ve won.

After Gatehouse Management installed Aqua Mizer® in all its toilets on a property, Miami-Dade Water District flagged the account to make sure their equipment was working properly.

Why? Because consumption went down 40% from the prior month. All of a sudden, the property was paying $34,515 less to MDWS.

And that’s not the only benefit for Gatehouse Management. With Aqua Mizer®, toilets don’t continually auto-refill – so catastrophic leaks are a thing of the past.

Saving on water is why we’re in business. We want to increase your Net Operating Income.

Fill out the form to the right and type in Aqua Mizer in the message box. GET STARTED >



CWE is exclusive distributor for a revolutionary product called Aqua Mizer®

  • Unlike conventional toilet guts, if there’s a leak, the tank will not auto-refill.
  • Enhanced water-force means that the flush clears solids better.
  • Each flush uses one to two gallons less than convention toilet guts.

CWE is offering Aqua Mizer® qualifying Hotels/Motels at $0 upfront cost. To get started, fill out the form on the right →

Who’s using Aqua Mizer® ?

  • Extended Stay America – after installation in first 19-property phase, 40% reduction in water/sewer costs and less maintenance
  • Westin Pittsburgh Convention Center – reduced floods from 12-per-year to zero in first year after installation
  • Multiple other Westin properties – toilet maintenance and usage dramatically reduced.
  • Rivo at Ringling – saved over 750,000 gallons in first 12 months
  • Any many more




squealing toilet

Listen to me…I’ve sprung a leak and you need to call maintenance RIGHT NOW!

If only there was a way to get tenants to report leaky toilets, wouldn’t that be great? After all, each leaky toilet wastes up to 6,000 gallons per month.

Drum roll…there is a way! It’s called SQUEALING TOILET™ What is a SQUEALING TOILET™? Here’s two things that it is not:

  • It’s not really a whole toilet.
  • It doesn’t exactly squeal.

Here’s what SQUEALING TOILET™ is:

  • New guts for a toilet – adjustable pressure cleaning fill valve, flapper & dual flush converter.
  • Leak-resistant with expected 5 year life span.
  • If and when it does leak, it emits a sound so irritating 😈, your residents will always report the leak!

That’s why we call it the SQUEALING TOILET©. To find out more, fill out the blue form to your right ➡ In the blank for “Other Description,” write SQUEALING TOILET.

Tiered Water Bill

In order to encourage water conservation, most water utilities have adopted a tiered billing structure for all types of property classes – including multifamily. As water consumption per apartment unit reaches higher levels, the rate per unit increases for set intervals – the definition of tiered water bill. For examples, below are tier structures in Tampa, Colorado Springs and Miami-Dade.

Tampa’s multifamily water and sewer bill structure:

Apartment Customer Class:  Multi-family (a)

Inside City

Outside City

Tier 0

0 to 2 ccf* per month (first 2 ccf per month, per ccf)



Tier 1

3 to 6 ccf* per month (next 4 ccf per month, per ccf)



Tier 2

7 to 12 ccf* per month (next 6 ccf per month, per ccf)



Tier 3

13 to 21 ccf* per month (next 9 ccf per month, per ccf)



Tier 4

Over 21 ccf* per month (in excess of 21 ccf per month, per ccf)



* ccf = 100 cubic feet or 748 gallons.

(a) Calculation is based on the number of dwelling units X the tier range.

Due to drought conditions, Colorado Springs announced what amounts to an additional 25% surcharge rate for its “Block 3” water bill tier:

Tiered water rates as of Aug. 1, 2013

Monthly use

CF = cubic feet

Note: One CF = 7.48 gallons


Non-water shortage pricing
(Inside city)

Water shortage pricing
(Inside city)

Block 1

Up to 999 CF/$0.0311 per CF

Up to 999 CF/$0.0311 per CF

Block 2

1,000 to 2,499 CF/$0.0584 per CF

1,000 to 2,499 CF/$0.0584 per CF

Block 3

2,500 CF or more/$0.0885 per CF

2,500 or more CF/$0.0885 per CF

Water surcharge


$0.0221 per CF 2,500 CF or more

In Miami-Dade, the multifamily tier structure for water and sewer  is even more dramatic. Effective Oct. 1, 2013: 

  • For 0 to 4 CCF per unit – $.03740 per CCF
  • For 5 to 7 CCF per unit – $2.5254 per CCF
  • For 8 to 14 CCF per unit – $3.154 per CCF
  • For 15 CCF per unit and over – $4.1705 per CCF

CCF = 100 cubic feet or 748 gallons

As water and sewer costs are already expensive and becoming more so, submetering and charging tenants for water has become a necessity. Varioius studies sponsored by utilities, the EPA and National Multi-Housing Council show that submetering lowers consumption 15% to 39%. Are you paying double the rate for that last 15% to 39%?

For a free analysis of you water and sewer bill, contact the water bill expert.

Free Submeters?

In many locales, when a multifamily project’s submetering expense is addressed properly, the developer can reduce and sometimes even purge the hardware costs from its budget.

Many states and municipalities allow the third-party billing company to include a small line-item in the utility bills that will be sent to residents in order to compensate for the hardware costs over time. It makes sense – as local utilities and governments need to encourage conservation, this policy encourages developers to submeter properties and be green.

If you’d like your submeters at a reduced cost or possibly at no cost, tell us about your project. We’ll tell you what is and isn’t allowed in your project’s locale. In areas where hardware cost can be passed off, we’ve got excellent financing options suited for your needs – it’s our job to save you money.  Click here to find out how submeters can be free.

Steve Hirsch

Submetering Regulations

When evaluating whether a landlord can bill tenants for water, electric or gas, the first question regards regulations. Yes, almost every state has a set of regulations governing submeters and Ratio Utility Billing. But no, that isn’t all. Within some states, a few counties and even cities have rules. Some cities regulate what types of meters are acceptable and others have a maximum late fee that a third-party biller can charge residents.

Some states and counties allow submeters but disallow RUBS. As crazy as it may sound, a few locales have even banned submetering altogether. One example is the city of Opa Locka in Miami-Dade, FL. I’m sure anti-conservationism isn’t their intention but it is a policy that encourages waste. 

Perhaps the most complicated set of regulations is in California. The state has specific requirements governing what types of submeters are permitted. Before submeters are installed, the meters must be inspected. But different locales within Califonia that perform the inspections have different interpretations of the state’s rules. Pretty crazy, huh?

Ohio stands alone as the only state that doesn’t forbid third-party billers and landlords from marking up utility rates to residents. All other states allow only the utilities to establish rates. As a consequence, it looks like Ohio landlords and tenants are confused about submetering.