House­holds pay less with water me­ters

Waipa Post - - News -

Cam­bridge prop­erty own­ers will re­ceive their sec­ond mock water bill within the next few weeks and many house­holds will see a drop in po­ten­tial cost.

Water sav­ing mea­sures mean that, based on the sec­ond mock bills, nearly 68 per cent of Cam­bridge house­holds now look likely to pay less with water me­ters that un­der the old, one-size-fits-all regime.

Pre­vi­ously, all house­holds in Waipa¯ con­nected to the town sup­ply paid $405.20 for the year, ir­re­spec­tive of how much water they used.

Most com­plex Cam­bridge properties, which share a me­ter with their neigh­bours, also con­tinue to be fi­nan­cially bet­ter off with me­ters.

Based on the sec­ond mock bill, 85 per cent of com­plex properties in Cam­bridge will pay less with me­ters than what they were pay­ing when the flat fee was in place. That fig­ure is mir­rored across the district.

Water ser­vices man­ager Tony Hale said Cam­bridge’s fig­ures were sim­i­lar to the western side of the district where, based on mock bills, 65 per cent of house­holds will be fi­nan­cially bet­ter off with me­ters.

He said over past months peo­ple have fixed leaks in pri­vate pipes and put wa­ter­sav­ing ini­tia­tives in place.

Three months ago the first mock bill suggested only just over half of Cam­bridge prop­erty own­ers would pay less than the $101 for the quar­ter they had paid pre­vi­ously.

The mock bills will be the fi­nal one be­fore real in­voices are sent to Cam­bridge prop­erty own­ers in Au­gust. Other parts of the district will re­ceive their first in­voices in Oc­to­ber, with bills then sent ev­ery quar­ter.

Water bills, just like rates bills, must be sent di­rectly to prop­erty own­ers or prop­erty man­agers. By law they can­not be sent to ten­ants.

“Coun­cil was still proac­tively con­tact­ing prop­erty own­ers whose water bills re­mained un­usu­ally high,” said Tony.

Peo­ple con­cerned about high water use could also con­sider the coun­cil’s free water sav­ing ser­vice, a house­hold visit to check ap­pli­ances and ad­vise ways to save water.

If pos­si­ble, water sav­ing de­vices like flow re­stric­tors, tap aer­a­tors and toi­let flush re­stric­tors could be fit­ted.

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