Cutting the cost of water

Are you paying too much for your water?

If you don’t use much water and you’re billed on a set tariff you might be! If you’d like to be billed for the water you actually use, instead of the general rateable amount, you should see if you can apply for a free water meter. Just call your supplier, or get in touch using their website.  

If you find that your bills don’t reduce then you can have the meter removed and go back to paying water rates. You must switch back within 12 months or a month after your second measured bill, whichever is later.

If you move into a home which already has a meter it can't be removed.

If you are having problems paying your rent get in touch with your water supplier using the numbers below or visit their website here There are various ways they can help you to get back on track.

You may be able to get your metered water bills capped if you have three or more children under 19, and/or someone in your household suffers with a medical condition that causes high water usage. Call your water supplier for more details:

Wessex Water                      0345 600 3600      or online here

Bristol Water                        0345 702 3797         or online here

Water-saving tips

And if you have a meter, here are some water-saving tips that should save you money on your bill:

  • Put a CDD (cistern displacement device) in your toilet cistern. These are free from most water companies and reduce the amount of water you use when you flush the loo
  • Get any leaks or faulty overflows fixed quickly
  • Avoid flushing things down the loo if you could just throw them away, like make up tissues and cotton wool
  • If you have a shower, fit a lowflow shower head and use a shower timer
  • Make sure your dishwasher is always full when you use it and switch the machine to the eco option
  • Try not to leave taps running – when you brush your teeth or do the washing up just use the water you need
  • Catch spare water in a bowl and use it to water the plants, wash the veg or flush the loo
  • Find out which programme on your washing machine is most water-efficient and use it
  • Use a watering can, or a trigger nozzle on your hosepipe when watering the garden