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2012/02/21 14:31:53 (permalink)

Water meter versus none!!

Just got my water bill through for next 12 months! £1199.92!!!!!
 
I've been on uswitch.com and by over estimating how much I think we'll use it's well under £600 per year so certainly worth looking into. Has anyone ever used this for comparison for water and found it to be inaccurate?

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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/02/21 14:58:14 (permalink)
    Bloody hell, that's a bit much.
    I think our rated bill would be about £450-500 by now but we pay under £350 a year on a meter.
     
    Having said that, I do appreciated that the pair of us combined are smaller than DNC so take less water to clean
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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/02/21 15:18:08 (permalink)
    Our rated bill would be £320 p/yr but, because we're on a meter it works out around £400 p/yr.

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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/02/21 17:07:01 (permalink)
    thankfully water rates havent come in here yet, its included in our land rates bill but as I live alone if seperate water rates do come in i'll definitely be getting  a meter. my bill would be unfairly high otherwise
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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/02/21 17:40:08 (permalink)
     
    Definitely going to apply for a meter now.. - by bill is ridiculously high, but there's only one supplier so it's not like you can ditch and switch either
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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/02/21 17:55:54 (permalink)
    LOL Desmo. It's based on rated value as you say and considering only 2 of us live in a 4 bedroomed 3 toilet house it's pretty high for 2 of us.
     
    I did the comparison rate by us both having 2 showers a day, washing m/c 5times a week, dishwasher 5 times a week, tap left running 6 times a day, garden watered 6 hours a week, no baths and toilet flushed 20 times a day.
     
    I reality it's more like 2 showers a day (occasionally 3), washing m/c 3 times, dishwasher twice, no garden watering, toilet 10times. 
     
    Looks like for a bigger house with lower occupancy it's worth doing!!

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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/02/21 18:36:50 (permalink)
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    Definitely going to apply for a meter now.. - by bill is ridiculously high, but there's only one supplier so it's not like you can ditch and switch either

    Problem is, once you have a meter you can't go back to standard rated billing. I regret getting a meter because my annual bill of £400 is higher than the annual bill of £340 that my parents pay, and their house is twice the size of mine and has double the occupants. Pretty frustrating tbh.

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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/02/21 18:43:13 (permalink)
    There are 2 of us in a 4 bed house with 3 WC's a massive garden that watered every day in the summer.
    We are on a meter and pay £21 pm.
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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/02/21 18:45:24 (permalink)
    Dylan, I was told that if the cost was more than unmetered use, provided you contacted them within 12 months they would remove it.
     
    Clarkey, that's encouraging!!

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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/02/21 20:38:57 (permalink)
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    Dylan, I was told that if the cost was more than unmetered use, provided you contacted them within 12 months they would remove it.

    Clarkey, that's encouraging!!

    I contacted the ocal water board and was advised that once installed the water board has no obligation to remove a meter. I wrote them a letter subsequently, advising I was going to involve local MP etc. They replied, completely unfazed, with words along these lines: "do what you want, but the meter is staying!" Alas, they got the last word! LOL

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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/02/21 20:44:09 (permalink)
    How frustrating! I certainly think we'd have a job using 1.2k worth of water based on uswitch.com calculations!

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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/02/21 20:44:19 (permalink)
    Clarkey1

    There are 2 of us in a 4 bed house with 3 WC's a massive garden that watered every day in the summer.
    We are on a meter and pay £21 pm.

    There are 2 of us in a 3 bed house with 1 WC and a large garden infrequently watered, and we pay, on a meter, £98 p/quarter.
    In contrast 4 people live in the 5 bed house of my parents which has 4 WCs and a large garden watered daily in spring and summer, and they pay £86 p/month at last comparison.
    Like I wrote above, pretty frustrating!

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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/02/21 20:45:31 (permalink)
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    I certainly think we'd have a job using 1.2k worth of water based on uswitch.com calculations!

    As do I, kitty!!

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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/02/21 20:56:32 (permalink)
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    Just got my water bill through for next 12 months! £1199.92!!!!!

    I've been on uswitch.com and by over estimating how much I think we'll use it's well under £600 per year so certainly worth looking into. Has anyone ever used this for comparison for water and found it to be inaccurate?

    That seems really expensive.

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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/02/21 21:19:25 (permalink)
    I don't know how some of you use so much water!!!

    Two adults and a child in our house and we are conscious about wasting water but we all do what we need to do - sometimes two showers a day for me on gym days.

    We pay 6 monthly and it's around £90 each time!
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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/02/22 10:18:46 (permalink)
    Going to ring up today.
     
    Dylan, just seen this on uswitch
     
    Most people in England, Wales and Scotland have the right to have a water meter installed free of charge. If you request a water meter, your supplier will install it at no cost and you will then be charged for your exact usage. You have the right to ask your water company to switch you back to an unmeasured charge within the first 12 months of installation.
     
    This is also interesting and worth me making the call 
     
    If it is impossible to have a meter installed, then your water company should offer you an 'assessed charge' where you pay a bill based on an estimate of your water supply usage or what other metered customers in your area pay, or you can carry on paying an unmeasured bill based on the rateable value of your property.

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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/03/06 13:39:13 (permalink)
    Engineer has been round today to assess and fit the meter. My external tap does not seem to come from the same supply so they can't fit a meter so we are now being moved onto an assessed rate which means it will now only cost us £480.50 a year!! Result!! I am now just over £700 a year better off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/03/06 14:01:10 (permalink)
     
    That's great news. :)  
     
    ...and encouraging for me to do the same... - thanks for posting back, - interesting to know.
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    Re:Water meter versus none!! 2012/03/06 14:06:50 (permalink)
    SD the engineer thinks we would actually be better off if we'd have been able to have a meter fitted too. He was saying his parents pay just £22/mth and they're in all day. Worth looking into.

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