Do college students use THAT much water?

Asked by Jeff, 90068 Thu Apr 17, 2008

I have a rental house with 8 female college students, and soon to be replaced by 10 male college students (all good kids). I'm concerned that the amount of water the guys will use each day (day in/day out), will break my plumbing!

I have two 50-gallon water heaters, three toilets and showers, one washer/dryer, and outside sprinklers are not an issue. No problems with plumbing, but the house is 25 years old.

Am I going to drown myself in misery because of likely water problems?

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Mr.P, , Arizona
Thu Apr 17, 2008
Are you paying for the water?
Depending on how profitable the property is.

Water saving shower heads
Tank less hot-water heater
Water saving toilets.
Front loading washer.
Desert scape front and back.

I bet the guys use more, a lot more.

Have a good plumber inspect the system.
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Larry Story, Agent, Greensboro, NC
Thu Apr 17, 2008
I would say you have more to worry about with the girls then the guys. Of course remembering back to my college days it depends on if they start to do things like; fill up the bed of a pickup for a traveling pool, or to somehow create there own pool, or the dreaded slip and slide. What can I say kids will be kids.

Good Luck,

Larry Story
Coldwell Banker Triad
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Sandy Shores, Agent, Melbourne, FL
Thu Apr 17, 2008
There's no question about it, the more occupants you have the more wear and tear it is on the house and the main operating systems of the property.

You are very brave, I usually limit the number of occupants in my rental properties. Less liability, less noise, fewer cars, less neighbor complaints, fewer tenant maintenance calls, less people in and out, etc.

Good luck!
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Sylvia Barry,…, Agent, Marin, CA
Sat Dec 13, 2008
On top of what was said below, I always feel that the guys in my family take longer showers than I do, and that after the boys worked out - wrestling, cross country, track, basketball, weights, etc, they often take a shower. So you may have a few showers a day.

Yep, I think you will have more water usage. But 10 kids in one house? Seems a lot to me, I would not want to do othat myself.

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Betina Forem…, Agent, Austin, TX
Sat Dec 13, 2008
Dear Jeff,
As a Realtor in another college town, I have delt with loads of college renters. I agree with Patrick.

1. The girls will use way more water than boys.
2. Invest in low flow shower-heads and faucets, there are low flow toilets and dual flush toilets that will conserve water.
3. Install Xeriscape landscaping (native drought tollerant plants) instead of turf, as it needs minimal water.

You have another option, let them pay for the water bill....
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