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Loubanez

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Not sure if this is in the right section or even the right website but just wanted to query water meters and bills before I ring UU tomorrow, just had are bi-annual water bill and are monthly bill is shooting from £33 to £72 a month, to me this seems massively over what I would expect to pay, it's only me and my girlfriend living at the property, on average about 7-10 baths a week, no showers. Dishwasher and washing machine about 3 times each a week. No garden for watering plants. It estimates that we use about 560l of water a day.
Could there be a faulty meter? Or a leak between the meter outside and my internal stop cock? I'm certain there are no leaks within the property. Really not happy.
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Turn off your internal stopcock and see if the water meter continues to increase. Then start checking things like toilets overflows and similar if not
 
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Follow Riley's advice and, if you haven't done so already, use this calculator:

Water Meter Calculator | Consumer Council for Water

to estimate the amount you can expect to use. From your description, I suspect you have a leak somewhere. A relatively small leak can waste quite a surprisingly large amount of water by running 24/7.
 
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Loubanez

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Thanks for advice I'll do both tomrrow, so do.you agree it seems to high?
 
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Loubanez

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Something worth mentioning is at the rear of the property they're used to be a toilet fed from an old lead pipe which disappears into a concrete floor, the toilet was removed an the pipe capped off, upon removing the toilet we discovered that my stop cock in the road didn't isolate this supply, which has lead me to think "where is this water coming from? and who is paying for it? Are any of my neighbours paying for this and possibly vice versa?
 

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You agree it seems to high?
Yes. My household consumption is a bit more than double what you describe and my bill is IIRC around £70 per month from SW Water who are amongst the most expensive in the country AFAIK.
 

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Per person its rarely more than 1 ton per week which is about £2.40 supplied and taken away.
Homes without carpet rats or wrinklies or gardens or kidney dialysis units or teenagers much less. Rob Foster aka centralheatking
 
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Loubanez

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Almost certain I don't have a leak as I re did all the hot and cold pipework past my incoming stop cock and all the plumbing joints are surface mounted so I could access them for if I ever got any leaks. Thinking of getting my own meter and fitting it within my property and comparing the two readings?
 

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There’s no need
Test 1 - turn off your internal stopcock and check reading on meter in the evening then the following morning if it’s changed then there’s a leak on the supply pipe from the boundary
Test 2 - leave your internal stopcock open and take a measurement in the evening then the following morning if there’s any change then you have an internal leak past your internal stop cock. It doesn’t have to be as severe as a leaking pipe, a toilet dripping constantly and overflowing into itself, albeit gradually, still mounts up very quickly.
 
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Loubanez

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There’s no need
Test 1 - turn off your internal stopcock and check reading on meter in the evening then the following morning if it’s changed then there’s a leak on the supply pipe from the boundary
Test 2 - leave your internal stopcock open and take a measurement in the evening then the following morning if there’s any change then you have an internal leak past your internal stop cock. It doesn’t have to be as severe as a leaking pipe, a toilet dripping constantly and overflowing into itself, albeit gradually, still mounts up very quickly.
Thanks I'll try this tonight and report back
 

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Also, check that the readings and meter number on your bills match your own meter and are 'actual' not 'estimated'. It's not unknown for readers to misread meters or misidentify the house.
 
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Loubanez

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Also, check that the readings and meter number on your bills match your own meter and are 'actual' not 'estimated'. It's not unknown for readers to misread meters or misidentify the house.
The readings seem accurate on November 16th a reading of 721m was taken when I checked yesterday it's already at 754.
 

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so thats about 30m3 over 2 months basically ? give or take
...Rob Foster
 

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