Wessex Water Rates - twicw as expensive for water 3 times for sewerage

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Water Bills
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Water Bills
Just got my first water rates bull from wessex water - I live in Poole. The rate per rateable value pound for water is double what my sister pays in surrey and my mum in berkshire. The sewerage is TRIPLE.

Is that a rip off? I've gone on a meter yesterday but even on a meter my bills will be more expensive than people who pay rates in surrey or berkshire?

Surely this is not right.

I will be complaining to OfWat - please complain too if you're in Poole. A £464 rates bill is bad when my sister's house has a rateable value of £50 more than me but her rates are £280

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  • moonrakerzmoonrakerz Forumite
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    Why is it that when anyone pays slightly more for something than the bloke down the road, it immediately becomes a "rip-off" ?

    You have obviously not tried to compare rateable value of similar properties against the rateable charge per pound, or taken many other variable into account.
    To say your sister's house in Surrey has a rateable value £50 more than yours in Poole is totally meaningless ! When I lived in Scotland my 3 bed semi had a rateable value of a 4 bed detached down South !


    The next thing you should appreciate is that water prices are regulated by Ofwat - they know what the companies are charging - because they agreed the prices !!!
    Your complaint will receive very short shrift from Ofwat - because, to be polite, you are somewhat confused about water pricing. To be blunt, you are ..............................
  • CardewCardew Forumite
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    Thank your lucky stars you don't live in Cornwall.
  • domcastrodomcastro Forumite
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    moonrakerz wrote: »
    Why is it that when anyone pays slightly more for something than the bloke down the road, it immediately becomes a "rip-off" ?

    You have obviously not tried to compare rateable value of similar properties against the rateable charge per pound, or taken many other variable into account.
    To say your sister's house in Surrey has a rateable value £50 more than yours in Poole is totally meaningless ! When I lived in Scotland my 3 bed semi had a rateable value of a 4 bed detached down South !


    The next thing you should appreciate is that water prices are regulated by Ofwat - they know what the companies are charging - because they agreed the prices !!!
    Your complaint will receive very short shrift from Ofwat - because, to be polite, you are somewhat confused about water pricing. To be blunt, you are ..............................

    no i'm not confused. maybe you should read my post again. i've compared it all by "each rateable value pound"my sister pays approx 40p per rateable pound whereas i pay 120p per rateable pound. therefore 3 times as much. and her water is 50p per rateable pound and mine is 100p per rateable pound.

    so as this is a forum for helping people, maybe you should of because you're a .......
  • CardewCardew Forumite
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    domcastro wrote: »
    no i'm not confused. maybe you should read my post again. i've compared it all by "each rateable value pound"my sister pays approx 40p per rateable pound whereas i pay 120p per rateable pound. therefore 3 times as much. and her water is 50p per rateable pound and mine is 100p per rateable pound.

    so as this is a forum for helping people, maybe you should of because you're a .......

    Nobody is denying that rates charged per £1 RV vary across the country.

    Similarly rates per cubic metre(water and sewerage) vary across the country.

    That doesn't mean it is a 'rip off'.

    Ofwat monitor the expenses(including profit) of each company and approve the scale of charges to cover those costs. Many factors affect those costs - Repairs to existing pipes and sewers, no of customers, Difficulties in supply, sewerage, etc etc

    If those costs in Poole are higher than Berkshire or Surrey - Guess what? - you pay more!!!

    If you have any complaint, it was that Maggie Thatcher allowed the country to be split into regions under privatisation. So Devon and Cornwall have the highest costs, and hence charges.
  • Woby_TideWoby_Tide Forumite
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    domcastro wrote: »
    Is that a rip off? I've gone on a meter yesterday but even on a meter my bills will be more expensive than people who pay rates in surrey or berkshire?

    If you've been on a meter a day how do you know you will pay more than rates elsewhere?

    We're under the same billing companies but pay around £25 a month combined for a 3 bed house with 4 of us in it
  • moonrakerzmoonrakerz Forumite
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    I have reported the OP, as he sent me an abusive PM.
  • I dont think it's a rip off - the thing is that, the RV was set up by the district valuation office before 1990. the office stopped to exist now, but the water company is allowed to bill based on RV for unmetered customers under Water Industry Act 1999. The company does not set them so they are unable to change them. Contact Ofwat perhaps to get more info?

    RV can be a huge advantage if you have a large family and use a lot of water. How about getting a meter?
    I used to be part of the water industry. If you need any advice, feel free to ask me :A
  • domcastrodomcastro Forumite
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    moonrakerz wrote: »
    I have reported the OP, as he sent me an abusive PM.
    You got a PM telling you that you're an idiot. This is nothing compared to randomly abusing people who have asked for help - which is what you have done in both my posts. What's worse is that you don't even read the post. I asked "is that a rip off" - and you go on some spiel about me saying it was a rip-off. read things before you post. and I stick to my content of the PM. Your posts are more abusive than my pm
  • meggsymeggsy Forumite
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    I'm also in the Wessex Water area and for the past two years have paid £25 DD on a meter for a 3 bed house with two people. Previously the DD was £45 a month.
  • meggsymeggsy Forumite
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    meggsy wrote: »
    I'm also in the Wessex Water area and for the past two years have paid £25 DD on a meter for a 3 bed house with two people. Previously the DD was £45 a month.


    We had our annual statement last week, D/D now reduced to £21
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