Metered Water Charges
If you have a meter installed, your bill will be an “estimated”, “read” or “actual” consumption. There are two types of charges, these include:
- A fixed charge – This is based on the type of water meter and covers both the readings and maintenance of your water meter.
- A variable charge – This is based on your water usage
The water regulator, Ofwat, sets a price cap to charges for consumptions below 50 MI to protect small businesses. Larger businesses can choose a single non-standard tariff or alternative tariff which allows them to match their supply with their demand.
Unmetered Water Charges
Although business properties are metered, there are some small businesses that will not have a meter installed. This makes it difficult to know exactly how much water is being used at the property. This means the water consumption will not be taken into consideration and similarly to unmetered domestic customers, your bill will include:
- A fixed charge – This is based on the rateable value of the property
- A fixed standing charge – This covers the customer relation costs of supply such as customer service and billing
If you know your water consumption is low and your property has a high rateable value, it would be ideal to install a water meter for this as unmetered water bills are generally higher than metered charges.
Having a water meter installed will also help your business find leaks quicker than if you didn’t have a meter installed. You will be able to tell if you have a leak as your water consumption on your bill will be more correct so if you bill is considerably more than usual, it is most likely going to be because of a leak. This is important as the quicker you find a link, the more money you will save.
Another part of your water bill is water and wastewater services. This includes the collection and treatment of:
- Surface water drainage – This is for rainwater that drains from your business into a public sewer.
- Highway drainage – This is for water that runs off roads and pavements into the public sever trade effluent.
- Wastewater – Water or any other liquid used within business on industrial purpose that you release.
- Foul sewage – This is for any domestic wastewater that is released from the premises such as from sinks and toilets.