No back flow preventer costing us money?
We are in a rural water district and have been using 5-6000 cubic feet of water per month despite having our landscaping irrigation turned off. We have a pool and a family of 6, but still using way more water than we should. We live on a hill and have a pressure tank/pump. When we're not using water, our meter shows back flow, which isn't too surprising considering that our meter is 200 ft below us and 1/4 mi away and we don't have a valve. I spoke with someone at the water district who told us that we were being charged for the water that goes through the meter to our house, but we're not credited for water that flows backwards through the meter. Does this sound correct? Crazy? I just can't believe that they can charge us 2 and 3 times for the same water.