Just received a water bill for £171 covering the last 6 months
(actually 191 days). Actual water consumed over this period was 133
cubic metres i.e. about 700 litres / day, which seems awfully high if
the average adult supposedly uses 150 litres / day. There are 2 adults
in the house, though my wife is at home all day looking after our 6
month old and I am also at home for half of each week. Even
considering this I find the bill somewhat high.
The water meter reading agrees with the bill, so wondering if there
was a leak I turned off the main inside the house and noticed that the
'0.0001' (one ten-thousandth of a cubic metre) dial on the meter was
still rotating slowly. It took 110 seconds to complete one rev, which
by my calculations means it would have racked up about 15 cubic metres
over the course of the 191 day billing period even with the main
inside the house turned off. I did however notice that my neighbour's
meter does pretty much the same thing.
Has anybody noticed their meter doing this i.e. is it normal, and what
size bills do others get over 6 months?
You have a leak. Walk the route of your pipe to see if there are any damp
places (not easy with the current weather!) but your water company should
detect and repair the leak for free. You can also argue about the bill with
them, and check your insurance which may cover you although the figures
involved may be too small to bother with.
Many water companies will repair the first leak to occurr on your property
for free - but some don't, and subequent leaks are not free to repair. For
example, pipe which it perforating and leaking in 1 place will be repaired -
but not completely replaced. If its perforating, then it'll fail again
Harry Ziman wrote:
1) Has the washing machine suddenly had a wake up call when the babe
2) The water meter may be showing the last bit of dripping into a cistern
(WC or loft). The rate is about an egg cup a minute give or take.
The consumption is high, 4 adults and 1 kid get through about 100 m^2
in six months here and I and SWMBO have full baths (seperate water!)
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Unless passing, he turned off the main cock. Nothing should move on the
The meter is in a garden I would dig up around the meter and install a stop
cock just after the meter. The water company can also fit a stop cock/water
meter arrangement. See:
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It certainly is high. We have 2 adults, and 1 almost 3 year old child.
People at home everyday except for 2 days a week. We have a garden, with
GH's hanging baskets etc. Our average consumption for a quarter is
something like 50 m^3.
The last bill for August to October was 42.
No our meter doesn't show anything running once everything is closed
It is possible the meter is faulty - about 15 months ago they contacted
us because the meter reading was very high - I forget but it was
certainly well over 100 m^3. They said they would investigate for us.
They checked first for leaks, though I'd already done that anyway, and
then said they would replace the meter, compare readings for the old and
new meter and then make an adjustment if it seemed the old one had been
It's taken while, as they were very quick at anything, but were are
just awaiting the adjusted readings now.
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