Metered vs Unmetered Water Charges
Metered Water Charges: If you have a water meter, your bill will be based on your “estimated,” “read,” or “actual” water consumption.
There are two types of charges to consider: a fixed charge, which depends on the type of water meter and covers meter readings and maintenance, and a variable charge based on your actual water usage.
For small businesses using less than 50 MI, the water regulator, Ofwat, sets a price cap to protect them. Larger businesses have the option to select non-standard or alternative tariffs to match their supply with demand.
Unmetered Water Charges: Some small businesses may not have water meters installed, making it hard to measure their water usage accurately. Similar to unmetered domestic customers, your bill will consist of a fixed charge based on the property’s rateable value and a fixed standing charge, which covers customer service and billing costs.
Installing a water meter is recommended if you have low water consumption and a high rateable value, as unmetered water bills are generally higher than metered charges. Having a meter can also help detect leaks faster, as bill readings become more accurate, and unexpected increases can indicate a leak, ultimately saving you money.
Sewerage Charges: Your water bill also includes charges for water and wastewater services, which involve the collection and treatment of different types of water, such as surface water drainage for rainwater from your business, highway drainage for water runoff from roads and pavements, wastewater used for industrial purposes, and foul sewage originating from sinks and toilets in the premises.