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edited 14 June 2010 at 4:19PM in Water bills
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If a meter cannot be fitted you get an assessed charge.
Some companies base this assessed charge on the number of people in the house, and others on the number of bedrooms. Unfortunately I believe United Utilities use the latter method.
I suggest you contact the Consumer Council for Water.
There is a large standing charge on the bill each quarter even though we are metered, which mean any savings are negliable by cutting down on water use.
But the continual rise in the water bills are where the pain is. As a UU customer you can only look to the regulator to stop the year on year above inflation rises, but it seems the regulator is totally off the job.
For example - Martin is going on about a 6% rise. If you are a United utilties customer you get a 7.5% rise. http://www.onlystop.com/200803/water-bills-could-rise-by-up-to-9/
And this is typical, year on year I have calculated 8-12% rises in our bills - its been far far above the BOE's 2.1% CPI inflation measure which our incomes are tied to.
Upon reading all the threads, I think I've got one of the most expensive water bills. £507.94, even though my RV is only £173. We are 2 adults and a baby in a 3 bed semi.
Does anyone else in South Wales have a bill like this? My water is 65.19 per £ofRV and my sewage is a whopping £89.70!!!
Think I may as well build a swimming pool and install public toilets for the amount they're charging us!!!:mad:
Going on a water meter will not help us as our water does not come from Dwr Cymru, but they guess how much we use by this out of date RV. 2 adults and 2 children under 3.
How can we reduce our bill? We do everything you say can help reduce the amount of water we use.
RV =£144. Breakdown is Water=£263.25
Drinking water has to be filtered to take away the taste of chlorine. Until my gas boiler is moved downstairs, I can't AFFORD to change to a water meter as I have to run litres of the stuff until I get hot water in the kitchen. It's a catch 22 situation. They want you to use less, but you have to spend hundreds more to do it!
I live in a 1 bed flat and the bill is 145.73 for the year and last year it was 137.29 for the year for unmetered. 6.14% increase.
Having just received my latest bill and discussed the impact of my changes with my local water provider (Three Valleys) my monthly usage charge is £4.50 lower. My water usage does not differ from Summer to Winter as I use grey water for my garden and car.