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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?

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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

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 10:27:18


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!

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.

CatherineofMumbles Thu 20-Jun-13 09:39:17

Water meters do make you think about consumption, which is a good thing - think they should be compulsory - I certainly water the garden a lot less now grin
Turnip - it is a misconception that showers use less water than baths, people generally spend a long time in the shower and use much more water than they would in a bath, especially teenagers...

Turnipinatutu Thu 20-Jun-13 09:33:06

No chance of removing the meter. They're fitted as standard all through the area now.
Sorry OP, I seem to have hijacked your thread blush

Turnipinatutu Thu 20-Jun-13 09:31:07

I had a look at where the meter is, in the pavement outside. Could only see a small twirly thing going round, so I presume that's it.
I turned off the stop tap in the house and it was still moving.
They're coming out next Wednesday to run some checks, but said it sounds like its leaking between the meter and the house.

valiumredhead Thu 20-Jun-13 09:17:27

I miss Thames water, it's so cheapsad

MinimalistMommi Thu 20-Jun-13 09:14:23

(After one year trial like other poster said, once over that trial it can't be removed.

MinimalistMommi Thu 20-Jun-13 09:13:33

Soup that's not the case, I think they suggest it and you can say no. Once you've had one fitted on a property though, it can never be reversed.

SoupDragon Thu 20-Jun-13 09:11:42

I thought that when you move into a house with no meter, the water company comes and fits one whether you want it or not.

Mrsladybirdface Thu 20-Jun-13 08:43:51

you could check yourself. turn off all the water in the house for a couple of hours and see if the meter is going up. I think you can remove it up to a year after installation, I'd contact the water board asap

Turnipinatutu Thu 20-Jun-13 08:16:31

Just 4 of us! We've only just got the new metered bill.
Are they responsible for sorting leaks, or will it fall on us?
I have horrible visions of them having to dig up our drive! We've just agreed a sale on our house as well sad
The knock on effects of this could be very bad!

Mrsladybirdface Wed 19-Jun-13 22:29:30

A leak by the sounds of it, get them out quick!

flow4 Wed 19-Jun-13 21:40:49

Turnip shock - when you say you "all" have showers, I assume you mean you and your 27 children?!

workingtitle Wed 19-Jun-13 21:18:13

Turnip, that's mental! Poor you. It sounds odd--can you get them out to investigate?

didireallysaythat Wed 19-Jun-13 21:03:44

3 bed house with meter: £30/month, no meter 4 bed house: £60/month. If we weren't just renting for a short while I'd do something about it.

Does anyone know if water costs significantly less in areas it rains more ? PIL not on meter pay <£150 a year which I don't understand...

Turnipinatutu Wed 19-Jun-13 20:45:00

Our experience is completely the opposite to most of you.
Recently fitted meter and our bill will go from around £365 per year to £1600!!!!!! [Shock]How is this even possible?
Dishwasher on around once a day, washing machine on 3/4 times a week. All have showers, no baths, never water the garden and hardly ever wash the car! Where's it all going?

workingtitle Wed 19-Jun-13 12:28:53

Very interesting to see people's experiences. lottiegarbanzo your experience is kind of what I'm expecting. Rates are very high here (Bath) so I think it's probably going to be worth going on a meter.

lottiegarbanzo Wed 19-Jun-13 12:21:52

The hidden implications of a baby, for us, included DH ending his gym membership, me not going swimming and us not going away for weekends as much, so a large reduction in showers-away-from home.

Interesting figures here. We are two adults and a baby, dishwasher runs when full about every other day, washing on most days as reusable nappies, use water butts for garden. We rarely have baths, dd bathes almost daily. Post-baby, bill went from about £23 to £45 a month. Sounds like we could try harder to keep it down.

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