Purifying water from flat but it's unmetered- problem?

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  1. slippy

    slippy Well-Known Member
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    I am planning on making my water by running a hose pipe from kitchen sink. I have just moved into the flat (own it) today and looking at the previous person's utility bill for water it says Wessex Water and that the water is billed using unmetered charges based on the rateable value of the property. Is this good or bad? I only use a couple of hundred litres a week at moment, but this might go up. Would the water company hike up the prices for everyone in the block if they notice my flat is using an unusually high amount of water?

    I need to call the water company and register my name for the bills- should I change to metered charges?
     
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  2. Green Pro Clean Ltd

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    Doubt it - I am un-metered and I use 2000 liters a week, my water bill has gone up 3% in 4 years!
     
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    Just started but use 200_400l day. Un-metered will pay more if they notice and ask. I'm sure not telling them.
     
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    Without a water meter they have no way of knowing how much water you use, however if you have hoes etc trailing to the van all day someone may notice.

    Can you put a shed outside the kitchen? Put a IBC in there and then just transfer when required.
     
  5. slippy

    slippy Well-Known Member
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    Nah. Outside my flat is common land (everyone uses it), I can't put a shed there. I live in a block of flats with five flats in the block and then there are another four separate blocks of flats (on the compound/area if you like) and each of these has five individual flats in them. Initially I will have an RO (4040 maybe)and DI (both portable) or just twin DIs and will run hose pipe from kitchen window to the outside carpark and fill my barrels next to my car. I reckon it wont take an hour to get 200 litres. Everyone will see me doing this and this is what I am worried about! I don't think the water company will care/notice if I use 300-400 litres of water per week, but would the other residents care? Should I go metered then I am paying for exactly what I'm using and then the other residents can't complain about me?
     
  6. Iron Giant

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    The rateable value of your home relates to council tax band each band has a set annual fee for water rates that is how water companies do it .

    My local water board has no chance of putting me on a meter because when they have no idea were the pipe is they tried to find it once dug down 3ft were they expected it to be no luck :):) , They believe it feeds into the first house in our development then is T'ed off to each house internally 5 cottages no chance of metering in their eyes .

    NO NO NO don't ask for a meter they will never know who is using all the water and i assume you're DI only anyway .
     
  7. slippy

    slippy Well-Known Member
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    #7 slippy, Feb 20, 2016
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    OK, so being unmetered could be good!! But if I my neighbours see my hose coming out of window (and they will) and see me filling up barrels for an hour a week and then then if the water bill goes up (in my block of five flats) will anyone make any trouble with me? How about if I get a van and fill it up every other day?
     
  8. heyoh

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    Just to put your 3-400L/week into context: one shower takes about 80-100L, so projecting that to your 5flat block is like nothing, less than having a new tenant. They won't even notice.
    So are you thinking of keeping your RO in the kitchen and just running the pure to your van?
     
  9. boarcity

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    stair.jpg you know therell be aggro so think ahead. might be an idea to lug your water down in a suitcase ,dont scoff at the idea
     
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  10. slippy

    slippy Well-Known Member
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    Nah- I am gonna get a 4040 RO for speed (my local TDS is 240), (using twin DI at moment, but eventually gonna get 40/40) I will mount the RO on a board which I keep in my garage next to flat drive the board to car park outside my flat, plug in hose to kitchen sink then other end of hose into RO then outlet of RO to DI then into barrel. EVERYONE is gonna see me at some point if this is done weekly or twice a week. Eventually probably will get a van.
    Am I going to have problems with other tenants when they see the hose and me sitting in car with barrels filling up next to the car for an hour a week? Or is it a case of just be nice and go for it?
     
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