How is my unmetered bill calculated?
How is my unmetered bill calculated?
Your bill is made up of a fixed charge and a variable charge.
Fixed charge - This covers our costs for supplying water and taking away and treating used water.
Variable charge - This is based on the Rateable Value of your property. This is the figure that we use to calculate this charge on.
Here is an example of how we calculate unmetered bills:
|A yearly bill for a family living in a house where the property's Rateable Value was set at 250 on a dual supply (water and sewerage including surface water drainage)|
Water charges from 1st April 2019:
|Variable charge||£1.6950||RV 250 x £1.6950 = £423.75|
|Fixed charge (annual)||£156.10||£156.10 per year|
|Sub total||£423.75 + £156.10 = £579.85|
Sewerage charges from 1st April 2019:
|Variable charge||£3.6637||RV 250 x £3.6637 = £915.93|
|Fixed charge (annual)||£165.90||£165.90 per year|
|Sub total||£915.93 + £165.90 = £1,081.83|
Water - £579.85
Sewerage - £1,081.83
- Government contribution - £50.00 credit
= £1,611.68 for a year on a dual supply where the Rateable Value of the property is 250.
As there is no meter at this property, this charge is not based on how much water is being used. There's more information here on switching to a meter.
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What is a cubic metre?
A cubic metre equals 1000 litres of water. If you’re on a meter, the variable charge from 1st April 2019 for 1 cubic metre is: For water - £1.8477 For sewerage including surface water drainage – £3.5832 For sewerage excluding surface water drainage - £3.1549
Can I build over a public sewer?
Yes, if your extension or proposed building work is over or within 3 metres of a public sewer or lateral drain, you’ll need to let us know. You’ll need to check our guidance notes to ensure you meet the criteria and if so, complete the Declaration of works form online...
What do I do if I have a blocked drain or sewer?
For blockages on a public sewer, please contact us on 0344 346 2020 so that we can confirm responsibility. We’re responsible for maintaining public sewers and we’ll attend within 4 hours to unblock the sewer, free of charge. If you are the homeowner, you are responsible...
What do I need to do about my meter when I move?
On the day that you move, please take a meter reading and let us know online either at My Account, on our move form or give us a call to take the details. If it’s difficult to read your meter, let us know at least 10 working days prior to your move date and we’ll...
What do I need to do when I move house?
Let us know you’re moving online by completing one of the following forms: New Customer, Returning Customer, Moving within the South West Leaving the South West Or give us a call if you prefer. Metered propertiesIf you’re moving from or into a home with a meter, we’ll...
How can I let you know if a tenant is moving?
If you’re a landlord renting out a property, you can let us know who is responsible for charges at your property by using the national web portal Landlord TAP. You can use this portal to quickly and easily inform us of: Properties you own or manage Changes of tenancy...
What will the charges be at a house that I’m moving to?
Your Estate or Property Agent should be able to provide you with more details. If the property has a water meter, you'll be charged for the amount of water you use in cubic metres. If not, the charge is based and calculated on the Rateable Value of the property. If...
Where can I find my customer reference number?
Your 10 digit customer reference number can be found at the top of your latest bill.If you can’t find your bill, get in contact with us. If you've already registered for My Account and chosen a user ID you can log in here.
Can I get a discount on water that doesn’t drain to the sewer?
We already give a 5% discount if you are on a meter, for water you use which doesn't return to our sewers, for example garden watering, car or window washing. If you use a large amount of water outside of your home, you may want to consider paying to have an external...
Why are bills so high in the South West?
From 1st April 2019, our average annual household bill for water and wastewater services is £491, compared to £493 in 2009/10. This follows a series of price freezes, bill reductions and below inflation rises in recent years. This is unlike many other water companies...
Where is my meter located?
Generally we install meters outside of your home in the footpath or front garden. It will sit within a chamber under a small square or rectangular cover and will usually be labelled with ‘meter’ or ‘water’. You may need to use a tool to scoop out any soil or rain...
How do I read my meter?
Your meter will look similar to the meters in the pictures below; How to read your meter If you have an outside meter, lift the chamber lid using a screwdriver or similar tool. You may need to use a tool to scoop out any soil or rain water that has built up...
How long will it take to install a meter?
We’ll install the meter within 3 months of receiving your meter application. If there is a delay on the installation, we’ll use readings taken after the meter is installed to back-date charges to the date it should have been installed. Sometimes it’s possible to fit the...
Can I go back to unmetered charges if I’ve switched to a meter?
If you don’t think that switching to a meter was of any benefit, you have 2 years from when the meter was installed to go back to unmetered charges. For more information on this and exceptions, please see our Code of Practice on Charges, Bills and Water Meters. If you...
What do I do if I have a leak on my shared supply pipe?
If the leak is occurring on a section of pipe that one person only is responsible for, they will need to arrange for its repair. You can report a leak using our online form or call our leak reporting line on 0800 230 0561. There's information here about leaks on shared...
How do I report a leak on my supply pipe?
You can complete our online leak form or call our Services Helpline 0344 346 2020 It will be your responsibility to repair it and approved plumbers can be found through WaterSafe or on the Water Industry Approved Plumber Scheme [WIAPS]. We’ll send you an information...
What do I do if I have a leak inside my house?
You can watch our video to find out where the leak is. If you’ve confirmed a leak inside your house by carrying out a leak check on the meter or can hear or see running water, you’ll need to speak to a plumber to check your internal pipework or fittings. Approved...
How do I know if I have a leak?
If you’re on a meterYou may have received a bill that shows a larger amount of usage than normal which may indicate a leak on your supply pipe. Watch our guide or follow our steps below to find out how to check for a leak. Step 1 – Make sure all your appliances (like...
How much water does an average person use?
The national average annual usage figures have been taken from The Consumer Council for Water and are listed below: Yearly water use in Cubic Metres m3 Number of people living in your home Low use Average use High...
How can I save water?
By taking simple steps like spending one minute less in the shower or turning the tap off while you brush your teeth, can set you on track to start saving water. To help you save water around the home, we’ve teamed up with savewatersavemoney to offer a FREE water-saving...
How do I order a water butt?
You can order a water butt from the specialist savewatersavemoney. By installing a water butt directly to your gutter downpipe, you will collect rainwater from the roof and can then use it for watering plants, topping up a pond or washing your car. On average every year...