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letter re Water Meters wrong

 |  John Henson  | 

I recently received a letter from TCDC Water Services telling me that my water consumption between 5 Dec 2021 and 19 April 2024 was “above average,” and went on to say that average usage over the district is $160 per cycle, or $320 yearly. This worried me, so using the figures provided in the letter, I did some simple calculations and here is what I found.

1. A billing “cycle” for TCDC appeared to be 6 months. 2. The time elapsed as above was nearly five billing cycles. 3. To quote TCDC, “the average usage is $160 per cycle.” 4. My usage over the period TCDC quoted, would be billed at $392.15 for five billing cycles. 5. Therefore, the “average user” that TCDC quoted would pay $800 not $160! The inference that I had a leak too was not based on fact. 6. So, I am not “above average consumption”. Also reference to usage in kilolitres is unusual, and could confuse, a kilolitre is a cubic metre. I am concerned that this mistake might be replicated. I hear others asking the question – will water metres being used reduce the amount of rates proportionately or is this another addition?  

I recently received a letter from TCDC Water Services telling me that my water consumption between 5 Dec 2021 and 19 April 2024 was “above average,” and went on to say that average usage over the district is $160 per cycle, or $320 yearly. This worried me, so using the figures provided in the letter, I did some simple calculations and here is what I found.

1. A billing “cycle” for TCDC appeared to be 6 months. 2. The time elapsed as above was nearly five billing cycles. 3. To quote TCDC, “the average usage is $160 per cycle.” 4. My usage over the period TCDC quoted, would be billed at $392.15 for five billing cycles. 5. Therefore, the “average user” that TCDC quoted would pay $800 not $160! The inference that I had a leak too was not based on fact. 6. So, I am not “above average consumption”. Also reference to usage in kilolitres is unusual, and could confuse, a kilolitre is a cubic metre. I am concerned that this mistake might be replicated. I hear others asking the question – will water metres being used reduce the amount of rates proportionately or is this another addition?  


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