|Posted by Craig Welch on May 19, 2001 at 15:32:29:|
In a year's time, Gates' Medina house went through 4.7 million gallons of water - enough for every one of Seattle Public Utilities' 1.3 million customers to flush a toilet. The family's water bill for 2000: $24,828.
"Bill and Melinda are very concerned; they are very surprised," said Trevor Neilson, Gates' family spokesman. "Those of us who live around here have not often thought about water as a scarce commodity."