how can I save money on our water bill?

Using less water means saving money. If you are a customer of First Utility your bill comes due regularly. The following table shows the average number of gallons of water used each day by the typical household of (4) for specific activities.

Daily Water Use By A Family of (4)

Activity                                   Gallons

  • Dishwashing                      15    
  • Cooking/Drinking             12
  • Laundry                            35
  • Bathing/Showering            80
  • Grooming                          8
  • Toilet                                 100
  • Miscellaneous                   5
  • Total                                 255 gallons per day          


Saving water at your home and garden is good for the environment and your wallet. A few simple tweaks to your daily routine and you could see a significant savings.

  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks
  • Check your toilets for leaks
  • Use your water meter to check for leaks
  • Install water saving shower heads and low flow faucet aerators
  • Install a plastic float booster in your toilet tanks
  • Reduce bathing/shower time
  • Turn off water after you wet your toothbrush
  • Rinse your razor in your sink
  • Use your dishwasher and laundry machine for full loads only
  • Use rain water to water plants and gardening                      


what is the quality of my drinking water?

The First Utility District of Carter has approximately 137 miles of main water line. The state of TN requires the Utility to perform numerous tests on the water supply to ensure safe drinking water for its customers. Currently the Utility is adding three chemicals to the water supply to ensure its safety. Chlorine bleach for disinfection, EC-309 for coagulation and poly phosphate for corrosion control. Along with many other tests the Utility performs, the Utility collects 9 samples per month for Bacteriological testing. If you would like Utility to perform a Bacteriological test at your meter please contact our office.