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Old 26th Aug 2006, 17:52   #1
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Do you have to have a water meter?

We recently moved into a new house which came with a water meter, thing is our bills are huge compared to what they used to be.

So can we ask for it to be taken off and just have a normal bill?

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Old 26th Aug 2006, 17:56   #2
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Think it would depend on the water company or if you're renting somewhere
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 17:59   #3
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http://www.ofwat.gov.uk/aptrix/ofwat...t/Water_Meters

don't think you can have it removed going by that link, so looks like you'll have to get used to the higher bills.
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 17:59   #4
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don't fink u can. I moved into a new house and we have a water meter. So basically you get charged for the water you use as oppose to before where you just paid every quarterly. Its suppose to make you more aware of the water used.
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 18:00   #5
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We recently moved into a new house which came with a water meter, thing is our bills are huge compared to what they used to be.

So can we ask for it to be taken off and just have a normal bill?
no you can't but they certainly shouldn't be lots more unless you use a daft amount of water

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Old 26th Aug 2006, 18:07   #6
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no you can't but they certainly shouldn't be lots more unless you use a daft amount of water
//Strokes pressure washer and hosepipe

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Old 26th Aug 2006, 18:08   #7
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I think all new houses are built with a meter, also when you move house if the house you are moving into doesn't have one then one has to be fitted. I'm not sure of all this I could be wrong... perhaps it all depends upon the area...
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 18:09   #8
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I chose to have one fitted and have saved a load of cash.

Admittedly I only share the house with my wife, but we have seen our water bills halved.

I think the hose pipe ban here in the South East has helped too!

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Old 26th Aug 2006, 18:24   #9
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Meh, no meter for me. Mind you, I don't pay for water. Only the electricity to pump it up out of my well and drive it through the filtration system!!
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 18:28   #10
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We recently moved into a new house which came with a water meter, thing is our bills are huge compared to what they used to be.

So can we ask for it to be taken off and just have a normal bill?
Nope.
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 18:36   #11
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Move to Scotland, use as much water as you want Granted it never stops raining so you dont need to water the garden!


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Old 26th Aug 2006, 18:38   #12
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The government want the whole of the UK on water meters eventually so all new builds will now have them as standard.

We will soon be paying the same price for water as we do for petrol

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Old 26th Aug 2006, 20:05   #13
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All new houses built from god knows when have to be fitted with water meters, the water companies want EVERYONE on a meter, thats why you can get one fitted free. It must cost them a bit to fit each one as they subcontract out, the path has to be dug up and re concreted over etc.

We got one put in a year ago and our bills are pretty much the same, it works out alot more expensive on a meter compared to rates though.

Two bed flat and our metered bills and slightly less than our rates were and we never have a bath and never use a hosepipe. So i can see water charges going mad over the next 10-15 years as more and more are metered.
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 20:45   #14
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Get yourself a water butt (or 2) and a pump. You can use your hose pipe and pressure washer to your hearts content without being charge a penny. Water board should sell them at a discount price.
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 20:58   #15
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The government want the whole of the UK on water meters eventually so all new builds will now have them as standard.

We will soon be paying the same price for water as we do for petrol

Dan
Erm what the government want is fair, if you use more you pay more? How simple can you get? What currently isn't fair is the choice some people have to not bother getting a meter.
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 21:00   #16
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I've read that if you get a meter installed you can have it taken out within 12 or 18 months so you can change your mind in that time if you find you're not saving any dosh.
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 21:39   #17
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Nope. When its in its in.
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 23:13   #18
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nope, and im glad we dont, god help us when we try to fill the pool

Recon im going to have to abandon my fishkeeping hobby when i get my own house as the tanks are effing huge.

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Old 26th Aug 2006, 23:50   #19
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I pity you British people for being charged water, council tax, waste charges, etc, it's a disgrace. I remember moving to Scotland from Ireland and being hit with these hideous council tax bills, something I had never factored in before moving.

There are waste charges in Ireland but if you have a compost lott and recycle your plastics, glass, tin, papers, you don't get charged a penny. Water is free as long as you don't water your garden during the summer heatwave. Why can't the UK do the same?
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Old 27th Aug 2006, 00:12   #20
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my parents moved over to meter when i was young. they thought it will turn out cheaper.

theyve never been wronger since, bad move by them tbh
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Old 27th Aug 2006, 00:17   #21
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Hmm, what would happen if you didn't require water? Eg, you washed yourself/clothes in the sea and drank water from the lakes/rivers? Surely it's illegal to charge somebody for somethng that they don't use..?
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Old 27th Aug 2006, 00:21   #22
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Water is free as long as you don't water your garden during the summer heatwave. Why can't the UK do the same?
Because it's great business and makes a lot of money. You tell people water is precious and tell them to stop watering their gardens and orangeries even when the true reason for water shortages is your own unmaintained pipes that loose more water through leaks than people use in some areas.

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Old 27th Aug 2006, 10:41   #23
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The government want the whole of the UK on water meters eventually so all new builds will now have them as standard.
Well that's odd because the government have Zippo to do with Water. It's up to the Water Companies (Privately Owned) in the end, however only one Water board has actually been given rights to force people to have water meters installed. The rest are optional choices, and as has been mentioned if you choose to get one installed you can come off it within a set time frame. However if you move into a house with one already installed you have no choice and have to keep it. And to the OP, don't complain. Your now paying exactly what you should be paying and not a penny more.

Don't know why people complain so much about water meters, if everybody was on a meter it would make things a lot easier At present everybody not on a meter gets charged a fixed price for all the water in the area which is averaged per house (Companies should be on water meters as they use more). Now this fixed price doesn't allow for the leaks in the network, now considering in some areas up here in Scotland there are leaks equivalent to 60l/s your paying a lot more than you should be as your also paying money for a percentage of the leaks in the area. If you were on a meter, the water company no longer has you paying for the leaks = more leaks found/fixed and lower water usage in your area.
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Old 27th Aug 2006, 10:43   #24
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Hmm, what would happen if you didn't require water? Eg, you washed yourself/clothes in the sea and drank water from the lakes/rivers? Surely it's illegal to charge somebody for somethng that they don't use..?
But people don't, if you don't use water and aren't connected then you don't pay water charges. But you would probably be likely to still pay sewerage charges unless you just do your business in the garden

Another way of doing things is to get a borehole in your area. Hook it up to the local network and you can sell the water to your waterboard. Everybody's a winner
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Old 27th Aug 2006, 10:59   #25
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I fail to see how people end up with stupid bills, we use as much water as we want and pay about 17 a month ( meter )

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Old 27th Aug 2006, 11:05   #26
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We recently moved into a new house which came with a water meter, thing is our bills are huge compared to what they used to be.

So can we ask for it to be taken off and just have a normal bill?
Would you like to have you gas and electricty meter removed as well? Water should be metered, if you use more than the next man you should pay more!!

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Old 27th Aug 2006, 12:24   #27
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I can't wait till everyone starts paying for water cause alot of people just waste it.

I pay for my water and I see my neighbours running it down the drain. Some actually wash their car everyday, powerhose their yard every week for no bloody reason apart from wasting free water.

They use five times the amount of water that I do but I pay due owning a business.

Most home's in rural NI have meters now and within 2 years, they will all have to pay.

They will soon realise what its like to pay for water and learn not to waste it.

If you aren't hard on water then the cost won't be worrying but those that waste will complain.

I'm going to bore a well so I'll be laughing at them with my free water.

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