A water meter is a device that measures how much water you use; it is similar to your gas or electricity meter. Your supplier uses readings from the meter to calculate how much to charge you for your water and sewerage services.
If you have a meter, the amount you pay will depend on how much water you have used. If you do not have a meter, you will be charged a fixed amount each year (‘unmetered’ charges).
Your water company will usually read your meter twice a year. If they cannot read your meter, they will estimate how much water you have used and send you a bill. You can also provide a meter reading to the company yourself at any time. If you disagree with your estimated bill and want one based on your own meter reading, the company will send you a further bill based on that reading. It is a good idea to read your meter regularly and give the company a reading so your bills are more accurate. It will also help you to track how much water you are using and make it easier for you to identify any problems.
Your meter will normally be located:
- Outside your property (look for a small metal or plastic cover in your driveway, garden or nearby footpath);
- In a small wall-mounted box on the side of your property; or
- Inside your property (normally where the water supply pipe enters your home, usually under the kitchen sink)
If you cannot find your meter, contact your water company, they should tell you where the meter is located.
Many people find that they can save money by having a water meter installed.
How to save money on a water meter.
Having a meter will make you more aware about how much water you use. You may be able to save money on your bill if you use less water. Using water wisely can also help reduce your gas or electricity bills because heating water uses a lot of energy.
- Turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth. A running tap wastes more than six litres of water a minute.
- Make sure that your washing machine and dishwasher (if you have one) are full before you use them. Try to use the most water and energy efficient settings.
- Fix a dripping tap. This can save as much as 75 litres of water per day.
- Use a bowl to wash up rather than leaving the hot tap running. You could save about £25 a year on your energy bills.
- Install a water butt. The average rooftop collects 85,000 litres of water every year. A water butt is a great way to put some of this to use.
- Check the overflow on your toilet cistern to make sure it is not using more water than necessary.
If you have a water leak?
If the meter is moving when you are not using any water, this could be the result of underground leaks or problems with your household plumbing. Supply pipe leaks are your responsibility. Here at Leak Detection Specialists our highly skilled mechanical engineers will use the latest ‘state of the art’ equipment to accurately locate your leak under the majority of surfaces with little no damage to walls or floors.
Leak Detection is the only solution. If there is a leak, we will find it saving you money, time and unnecessary stress.