Should I get a water meter?


Trying to get organised here, I’m currently sticking bills and things in a folder. Not something that comes naturally, it has to be said *g*

Anyway, I’ve noticed that last year my water rates were £489 and this year they’re going to be £618. For one person who doesn’t use a great deal of water, this feels like a lot of money.

D’you reckon I should get a water meter, peeps?


16 Responses to Should I get a water meter?

  1. rob says:

    Hello there..

    I was in a similar position and decided on a meter.
    For one person (and small furry things)it definitely makes sense.

    The only other consideration is that if you are still selling your house it may be prudent to check with your agent to check this would not put off any perspective family buyers.

    By the way, thanks for all the fantastic trip reports, very inspiring in the bleak mid January.

  2. Andy Dawkins says:

    The general rule is that fewer people than bedrooms in a house will make a meter better value. Andrew

  3. alan.sloman says:

    Yes, is the simple answer.

    I was living on my own for a year and my water rates came down to £14 / month (but this may have been down to the fact that previously I had been paying far too much and had a bit of credit in the system)

    This £618 is a 26% rise! How on earth do they justify that?

    I would have thought that if you went over to a meter your Water bill shouldn’t be more than £35/month. That’s £200 a year better than what they are proposing.

    It would be interesting to see what others pay monthly?

  4. John Y says:

    When my bill was £350/yr (3 bedrooms), I had a meter installed and it came down to around £120.

  5. Gayle says:

    We switched to a meter in 2008. Bills went from £450/year to £200 a year, with 2 of us (that may be a tad misleading, because I don’t think that we’ve both been consistently at home for any significant period since it was fitted – but even if we were at home I’m sure that we would still save lots of money).

    Don’t know whether it’s a general rule, or just one that applies in East Staffs, but when we signed up we had a year to change our minds and go back to paying based on the ratable value. If we subsequently sold the property, the new owners would have no option but to use the meter, but for us it was a risk-free option (and was clearly always going to save us money anyway)

  6. BG! says:

    I’d say “yes” too, but bear in mind that the water authority will still need to bring in the same level of revenue, so if you pay less, the overall price will eventually have to go up a bit to compensate.

    It can be a greener option too, as “paying by the pint” tends to make you think more about how much you use, as opposed to using as much as you like for a flat fee. Less consumption means less pre- and post-use treatment, so less emissions due to power-usage and less demand on water reserves.

    It’s a no-brainer for low-use properties, especially as the meters are free.

  7. peewiglet says:

    Many thanks to y’all for the very helpful comments and advice. I think I’ll definitely be going the meter way.

    Out of interest, this is what I found.

    1. Doh… the bill for £618.12 is actually for my neighbour, 2 houses away. Not sure why I didn’t notice they were calling me Mr Stevens…

    2. My actual bill 1.4.09-31.3.10 is £551.80

    3. I thought that last year it was originally said to be £489.78, but now that I look again I see that that was a letter meant for yet another neighbour. Seems the postal service are even more disorganised than me.

    Because I have no meter it’s based on my house’s rateable value.

    Anyway, I’ve booked a visit for 8th February. The bloke said that really I shouldn’t be paying more than £20pm, whereas now it’s more like £46.

    Thanks again for all the help, peeps. It’s a bit terrifying to contemplate all the money I’ve wasted over the last X years through being totally disorganised about stuff like this. My pal Dee has already alerted me to the fact that £100+pm was too much for Virgin (landline, broadband, TV), as a result of which my Virgin bill is now closer to £40pm for more than I was getting before. Aaaghhh….

  8. Mike Mc says:

    Hi Shirl,
    Your watejuhyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum,kazr(sorry cat stood on keyboard!) bill will also include waste water, which (I think) is based on rateable value (and in the future on surface area). You should save money by switching to a meter being a solo-er, but look at the bill and separate the two costs first to get a better idea of the saving.
    I need to do that too but apathy reigns!
    Hope all is well and best wishes for the New-ish Year!

  9. Hawthorns says:

    Hello, PW, I remember your posts from the Outdoorsmagic forums.

    Can’t help with your water meter decision as we’ve never had one, although the new figure does seem a bit stiff for a single user.

    Hope you don’t mind but I’m new to this blogging lark and I’ve added yours to the (still short) list of those I follow. I see that I have much to learn about layout and design.

    • peewiglet says:

      Hi there!

      It’s nice to see you over here, and embracing blogging, which is lots of fun *g* I’m honoured that you’ve added mine to the list of blogs you follow. Walking only plays a part of the stuff I witter on about, but hopefully it won’t prove too boring! Will go and have a scan at your blog now ♥

  10. Theo says:

    Britain’s a strange country. In Holland all houses have a watermeter. You pay for the water you use. Nothing more, nothing less. We’re 2 adults with 3 kids and per year we pay 250 GBP.


  11. Mango Terrier says:

    Grrrff! The Master has a private water source and so pays zippo. Nada. Zilch. We pay Council Tax, but the water element is zero. There may be quite a number of communities in Scotland in the same position.

  12. mike pitt says:

    get a meter,we thought we were on a meter only to discover we were paying for somebody elses water.our bill was over £600 for this year now we are on our own meter and are bill is likely to be under £200 for 2 people and a little the way £600 is apparantly the bill for a family of 5!!!

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