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  1. SPCleaning

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    I am at home this morning looking after the kids, (wife has an appointment) staring out of the window, when Metrorod roll up and attach a standpipe to the FH outside my house. I went out to my van to turn off my water as I was filling my tank, and started chatting to the guy who was filing a 650ltr tank (just like ours) It took just 5 mins and the tank was full. (my tank takes over half an hour to fill) He said that there is a meter fitted to the standpipe and they have to tell the water company the readings monthly for billing.

    I wonder if we could do this? Water on tap everywhere we go. May look into this.
     
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  2. Great idea! There's a couple of public taps that I top up at. De ionise while I have lunch. There's no shortage of water round here mind.
     
  3. Bingo

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    I believe you rent the metered stand pipe from the Water Company and the cost of water is more than your home supply rate
     
  4. SPCleaning

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    Well in the Westcountry this is controlled by Jewsons Hire Centres.
    You hire a metered stand pipe from Jewsons at £23 +vat per week then you pay £2.05 +vat per 1000 cubic litres used.
    You give Jewsons the meter reading and pay them.
    If you use for a longer period than 12 weeks the weekly cost drops to £11 +vat.

    So it will work out quite expensive.

    My usage costs about £28 per month currently, with stand pipes it would be nearer £100.
     
  5. Smurf

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    Water companies will hire you a metered standpipe and will cost you an arm and a leg to use one. No water company I know of will allow anyone to use an unmetered standpipe now.
     
  6. SPCleaning

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    It was just one of those 'what if' ideas. Sometimes they are good and sometimes after you have explored a little you can see that its a none starter. :sad:
     
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