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    • chrisw99
    • By chrisw99 18th Sep 18, 2:07 PM
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    The calculator estimated usage at 900ish whatever per day (can't remember the units).
    Anyone here with typical kids who get through a lot of water know what their daily usage is when on a meter?
    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 18th Sep 18, 3:20 PM
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    The calculator estimated usage at 900ish whatever per day (can't remember the units).
    Anyone here with typical kids who get through a lot of water know what their daily usage is when on a meter?
    Originally posted by chrisw99

    The average consumption is 50 to 55 cubic metres, per person, per year; so a family of 4 would be 200 to 220 cubic metres per year,


    The 900 would be litres - 900 litres is 0.9cubic metre.


    So 900 litres a day would mean 328cubic metres a year.


    Don't forget you can get a meter fitted and you have 2 years to see if it is cheaper.


    This from United website https://www.unitedutilities.com/my-account/all-about-water-meters/



    We fit meters free of charge - and you have up to two years to switch back if you don't find that it's working out for you.
    • chrisw99
    • By chrisw99 18th Sep 18, 3:39 PM
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    Thanks for the figures, sounds right - my family uses double the average for gas and same for electric, so probably would be higher than average for water too!

    I have concerns about getting the meter fitted to try it out. You can switch back now, but it only needs a simple change of legislation for them to say anyone who has a meter has to now be billed using it. Also once they see how much more they would make from me having a meter, they'd try and wangle it somehow so our bills would go up.
    • maisie cat
    • By maisie cat 18th Sep 18, 3:53 PM
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    Our water bill is not yet as high as it was before we had the meter fitted in 2006, I have no idea how much water has gone up in that period but I suspect it has increased by 50-75%.
    I do not think that having a meter will motivate people to use less water. Especially those who don't care about usage and can't be bothered to have water butts for the garden. Water is quite cheap actually, so washing cars with potable water is what people will do regardless of having a meter or not.
    • harrym1byt
    • By harrym1byt 18th Sep 18, 5:53 PM
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    I have concerns about getting the meter fitted to try it out. You can switch back now, but it only needs a simple change of legislation for them to say anyone who has a meter has to now be billed using it. Also once they see how much more they would make from me having a meter, they'd try and wangle it somehow so our bills would go up.
    Originally posted by chrisw99

    I doubt they would or could force you to keep using the meter. The test it for two years option is intended to encourage the installation of meters.



    They can however insist subsequent purchasers of the property, pay using the meter, once a meter is fitted.
    Last edited by harrym1byt; 18-09-2018 at 5:57 PM.
    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 18th Sep 18, 10:45 PM
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    They can however insist subsequent purchasers of the property, pay using the meter, once a meter is fitted.
    Originally posted by harrym1byt

    Agreed, but they can insist subsequent purchasers have a meter fitted even if they don't want a meter.


    Some water companies enforce this provision of The Water Act - other companies don't bother.
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