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Water meter or not?

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workingtitle Wed 19-Jun-13 06:21:37

Dull question I know, but... We've just moved into our new house and it is the first place we've had that doesn't have a meter. I was planning on getting one installed but wondered whether it's actually a good idea with a baby on the way? I guess the only real additional water use will be a few more washing loads per week. Any thoughts?

MephistophelesSister Thu 20-Jun-13 09:40:04

valiumrehead - how long ago were you with Thames? Last 5 years have seem HUGE increases with them. Tiny 1 bed flat = £240/ year for us unmetered. With Severn Trent we pay £130/year for a 3 bed house.

Neither is huge, but Thames has had a 10% + increase for every year we have been with them.

valiumredhead Thu 20-Jun-13 10:27:10

Meph-we moved out of London 6 years ago. We were paying less than 20 a month, now on a meter with Anglian 35-40 and that'd with 3 people and a super super eco shower!

valiumredhead Thu 20-Jun-13 10:27:18


Turnipinatutu Thu 20-Jun-13 10:30:17

I'd have to disagree about the bath/shower thing.
When we had a shower over bath, I used to periodically put the plug in whilst I had a shower to test this theory and the bath was never anywhere near as full as I would have run it to be.
Power showers, you may well be right and if people have extended showers. But a standard length, non power shower, uses much less water.

valiumredhead Thu 20-Jun-13 10:35:01

I agree standard showers use much less water. Power showers use loads.

workingtitle Thu 20-Jun-13 15:44:47

Turnip I'm so pleased they're coming to look, and thanks Mrsladybirdface for saying how to check--that's useful to know.

Jan49 Thu 20-Jun-13 20:02:13

We now live in a house with a meter and judging by the first bill, it works out at about £460 annual. The last annual non-meter bill at our previous house was £440, so similar. Two people in house. About 1-2 showers a day, about 3 washing machine loads per week. Both 3 bed houses.

workingtitle Thu 20-Jun-13 20:31:43

Well the water co. have just sent the first bill, 544 for 6 months! We were paying less than that in a year at the old place with a meter, albeit smaller property, no baby, no dishwasher. So definitely going for a meter.

specialsubject Fri 21-Jun-13 20:53:30

it depends not just on your use but also on where you live. Thames Water were very cheap with a meter but are now racking up the bills with a captive audience - everyone who moves in the area has to have a meter. They have lots of leaks to fix and fatcats to pay.

I now live further north in a house with a septic tank and it is much cheaper NOT to have a meter.

do the estimate on your water company's figures and then decide.

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