Know what your water costs

Generally, every drop of water that is used in your building/complex is paid for by owners in one of two ways:

  • The owners corporation receives and pays a quarterly bill for all water consumed in the complex. This is paid from the administrative fund, and means that owners are paying for water consumption through their levies – based on unit entitlement; or
  • The water utility splits the total building’s water consumption by unit entitlement and bills each owner separately

NOTE: Owners receive a quarterly bill from the water utility – this is a fixed fee for the provision of water, stormwater & sewerage services. It has nothing to do with water consumption.

In larger complexes, it is possible that every drop of water used in your building has an associated energy cost because that water is pumped. It’s important to understand how water moves around in your building/complex.

No matter how the water is billed:

  • what owners pay for water is not directly related to the actual consumption within an apartment;
  • the efforts of individual resident owners to reduce their personal consumption do not translate to proportional dollar savings, and sometimes not even any reduction in total building consumption;
  • owners are footing the total bill for something they have no legislative right to control

Keep track of the building’s water bills to see how your usage changes over time.  Sudden or regular increases may indicate a need to look more closely for possible problems.

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Example quarterly services bill received by each owner

Example quarterly services bill received by each owner

 

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Example water usage bill received by the owners corporation

Example water usage bill received by the owners corporation

Last Updated: 
Thu 25/11/2010

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