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Water Meters

Our water bill is now 160+ per month and I've finally completed the online application for a meter. So far we've put off making this decision as a bit concerned re leaks and uncertainty as to where the pipes run. Anyone any experience of a meter- do you keep checking them/any general advice welcome!

Posted at 11th Apr 2012 - 07:30AM   Posted by Lily   Water Meters Comments: 12

Ivy's Avatar Isn't the water company responsible for any leeks until the water actually reaches your house? Well different countries different methods.. Where is your meter? Our's is in the boiler room, visible to all of us and gets checked once a year by the water supplier and is exchanged every three or four years for servicing and calibrating. Not sure this is of any help to you though...

Posted by: Ivy on 11th Apr 2012 at 08:10AM

Toady's Avatar Lily that's diabolical! We're with SWW so costs are dear anyway. We have a meter [already here when we bought the house] 3 bed terraced. We're very mean with water and pay 40 per month. However much you can get your water usage down though they will clobber you with the sewerage charge element.

Posted by: Toady on 11th Apr 2012 at 08:16AM

Lily's Avatar Ivy, the water company are responsible for leaks until the pipes enter our property. As our house is old we have no idea where exactly the pipes run once on our land. Hence our concern.
Toady, yes it is indeed diabolical. I agree SWW will always find a way to extract extra money, I know that if you have your own private water supply you have to pay them to test the water, no matter that's it's been drunk with no ill effects for generations.
I think we must take a chance on the meter and hope to get costs down. Do you have any insurance to cover cost of broken pipes etc?

Posted by: Lily on 11th Apr 2012 at 08:40AM

Toady's Avatar Can't find the current bill but looking at an old one 2011 in a six month period we used 47 cubic metres of water which costed out at 85.19 BUT to this they added 19.99 standing charge on the water element, 136.34 on the sewerage element to which they added another 17.23 standing charge. So 85.19 turns into a bill for 258.75! So the sewerage charge is calculated on the volume of water used in the first place. You'd have to check you household policy to see if your piping is covered. Might be worth asking a 'man' to have a look to see if you have any leaks.

Posted by: Toady on 11th Apr 2012 at 09:00AM

Fennie's Avatar We are on a meter and our direct debit has just gone down to 22 per month - this with Welsh Water. There are just two of us here. 160 sounds horrendous and I would query it. Are you sure they are not basing the charge on some outdated usage - you might be in line for a refund. A meter would certainly be cheaper by the sound of it. When we had our put in we started saving straightaway. Only time when I resent it is when I want to water the garden!

Posted by: Fennie on 11th Apr 2012 at 09:19AM

Withy Brook's Avatar I am sure you could get the pipes tested for leaks. As far as I know the only insurance we have is to cover a plumber coming out within 4 hours if there is an emergency - a burst, a blockage and suchlike.
We have had a meter for a long time now. G said the bill was little different after getting it, but then we did not do much, if anything to reduce our consumption, and then there are the extras as outlined by Toady.
You could test yourselves by checking the meter at night, using no water, then checking it again first thing in the morning. You would have to remember not to flush the loo. We meant to do it at one time but never got round to it!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 11th Apr 2012 at 09:24AM

Inthemud's Avatar We have insurance with Homeserve, they do specific part for water pipes as well as general plumbing and electrical problems. It is good, used them several times over years and been very helpful and efficient

Posted by: Inthemud on 11th Apr 2012 at 09:42AM

Mountainear's Avatar 160 per month is horrendous - it is a about what we pay for the year. Like Fennie we are in Wales but our supplier is Severn Trent. However we do not pay any sewrage charges as we have a septic tank and are not linked to any storm drain system but our own.

We are metered - and the meters are tucked into a hedge line 2 fields away. I have a horrible feeling that we are responsible for the pipe work from the meters. Fingers crossed that some fool with a tractor and plough doesn't do any damage. Eek!

We looked into putting in a bore hole and extracting our own water but I think the cost to drill was about 4K - a bit off putting at the time. It would have paid for itself by now!

Do hope you can get that bill reduced.

Posted by: Mountainear on 11th Apr 2012 at 09:47AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar 160 a month sounds astronomical to me LilyShocked
Sounds like a meter could improve that by quite a bit.
Don't your title deeds show the water pipes, ours do?

Domestic meters are few and far between in Scotland but most businesses have them now.
I've only paid a total of 1288.42 in three years (35/month)...I know because they have just had to send me a cheque for the whole bally lot back as they made a big booboo when opening my account and discovered they couldn't legally bill me...nor backdate it now they've sorted it
Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 11th Apr 2012 at 11:07AM

KitKatCot's Avatar We have a meter and we pay 30 per month but there's only two of us and we use the shower rather than the bath but we don't deliberately restrict our water usage. Our meter is under a little trap door at the end of the drive, never checked it though Rolling Eyes

Posted by: KitKatCot on 11th Apr 2012 at 05:47PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Ours is 24 per month so we are a tad cleaner than FennieLaughing
We also have two large water butts for the garden and are planning a third.
Down in the Auvergne we have our own water supply from a well. Drinkable and it costs 40 to have it tested at the local pharmacy.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 11th Apr 2012 at 06:51PM

Lily's Avatar Thank you all for your replies. having taken the plunge so to speak and contacted SWW we have been met with total silence.
No plans Fairy Nuff, house wasn't on mains when built- shared well with next door. In any event our original deeds were lost in the blitz on Plymouth.

Posted by: Lily on 13th Apr 2012 at 06:07PM

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