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Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 07 10:00 am    Post subject: Saving on your water bill  Reply with quote    

I've got what I hope will be a useful article on how you can cut your water bills in the pipe line (pun)
A picture paints a thousand words, especially in my case, so I'll be relying on plenty of photographs.

alison
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 07 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bodger

That sounds like it could be really useful. I look forward to seeing it.

ros



Joined: 19 Jul 2005
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Location: Beds
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 07 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

one of the best ways to cut the bill is if you have soakaways for surface water. Discovered a couple of yrs ago that we were being charged for the surface water "recovery" even though the downpipes (that don't end in water butts ) go to soakaways...and a form filling exercise and a couple of drawings later we save about 45/yr

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 18956
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 07 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good point from Ros.

Unmetered customers paying on the old RV basis or some assesed charge should check:

1: the right information is being used e.g. correct RV, category band etc.

2: if they are connected for surface water drainage, unless told the water and sewerage company wont know.

3: that they actually are connected to the sewage system

Metered customers should check 2 and 3 as well and can then make savings by reducing consumption as I'm sure Mr Bodger will show.

The simplest thing for metered customers to do is to check for leaks. Turn everything off, take a reading, go away for a while, come back and take a reading.

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 07 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm not going to cover this in my bit but we managed to get our water bill down in this way. Our sewage rates were being assessed from our metered water useage and we got a sizeable reduction when we apealed and pointed out to them that a percentage of the water was going both in and out of our horses, cattle, pigs chickens etc and that we didn't allow them to use the Loos.
It saved us quite a bit off the bill.

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 18956
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 07 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Another good point. It's assumed that 95% into the house goes down the drain. If you can show this is not the case you may get a reduction though i suspect most companies would agitate for you to get a field supply where you only pay for the water.

dougal



Joined: 15 Jan 2005
Posts: 7184
Location: South Kent
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 07 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

DEADLINE

Southern Water (dunno about any others) work on a *financial* year for their "surface water drainage rebate".
An application made in the next week therefore is worth 22 more than an application made the week after...

orhdpos



Joined: 20 Jun 2009
Posts: 30

PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 09 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you have your own well which you can have in your garden you can take 30 cubic metres of water from it probably the same aqua water as your supplier with out paying water rates, beat that.

orhdpos

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: York
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 09 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

orhdpos wrote:
you can take 30 cubic metres of water from it probably the same aqua water as your supplier with out paying water rates, beat that.


ok, http://forum.downsizer.net/about43688.html

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
Posts: 8414
Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 09 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Or have a borehole drilled. Costly to start with but then virtually no costs each year baring break downs.

dotty



Joined: 28 Jan 2009
Posts: 21

PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 09 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Here in the West of Ireland, we are just charged with what water we use through the tap. We are allowed 1,200 gallons per year for 100 Euros, then charged extra for the rest. It is a veritable minefield.

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
Posts: 13458

PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 09 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just to tidy things up.

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