Once every 3 months, you get a lovely surprise in the mail — your water bill. It comes infrequently enough that you kind of forget about it. That is, until you open it and see the sum you have to pay!
How do they come up with the charges for water? What do people usually pay in Menai for water and are there ways to reduce your bill? Let’s find out.
The Parts of Your Water Bill
There are a few components that make up your water bill in Menai.
One is a fixed charge called the base water service charge that the water company bills to everyone. How much you pay depends on where your residence is located and there is little recourse to lower the bill.
Pensioners get a discount on the fixed charge and vacant lot owners don’t have to pay it, but that’s about it.
Wastewater and sewerage service is also offered at a fixed charge. The good news about that is you don’t have to worry about trying to hold it or do your business elsewhere because it won’t make a difference on your bill.
The final component of your bill you do have a bit of control over. This is a water usage charge that is levied per kiloLitre. In other words, the more water you use, the more you pay. Conversely, if you get really good at conserving water, you’ll pay less.
Average Cost of Water in Menai
Speaking of how much you’ll pay, what is the average water cost in Menai? Since much of the bill is fixed, many people pay close to the same amount for water.
Water is billed quarterly so you’ll only receive a bill every 3 months. Be prepared, because it will usually be about $300 for a total of $1200 a year.
Slashing Your Water Bill in Menai
How do you reduce water bills in Menai? Here are a few tips.
Full Loads in Washing Appliances
Washing machines will adjust the water level to match the size of your load as closely as possible. However, it only has a few settings and even the smallest one uses a lot of water.
Dishwashers use the same amount of water regardless of how many dishes are in it.
The bottom line — always fill up your appliances before running them.
Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
Low-flow showerheads help you save water in the bathroom by cutting down on the flow of water per minute. Depending on your old showerhead and the type of low-flow one you get, you could see the flow rate drop by about half!
Enjoy Your Water
Of course, while there are simple habits that can help you cut down on your water usage don’t rob yourself completely. A long relaxing shower once in a while isn’t a bad thing and won’t destroy your water bill — as long as you don’t do it every day!