The latest water bill turned up and we seem to have stopped using water! I could have sworn that we’re both still washing, but for the May quarter only 3kl have passed our meter. Sounds bizarre to me, a mere 32 litres per day. Time to start checking the meter every day again — something I did when we first moved in since I was curious as to what we would use in a new house.

In an odd coincidence, its exactly since I last took a reading from the meter, so I can see what a year’s consumption works out as:

date litres
2389494
2438552
Total consumption (l) 49058
Avg. daily use (l) 134

At South East Water’s current rate — an enormous 77.71c per kilo-litre, or 0.07771c/l — the usage cost of the last year’s 49058l of water is $38.12! Makes a bit of a joke of the exhortations to install a rainwater tank and “save up to 26% of your water usage”; we’d be saving $9 a year at most, and having to purchase a water tank and get it installed!

Water bills:

Date Water
usage
($)
Sewage
usage
($)
Total
usage
($)
Water
service
($)
Sewage
service
($)
Total
service
($)
Other
charges
($)
Total
($)
0.00 0.00 0.00 10.32 35.00 45.32 12.60 $57.90
4.50 4.19 8.69 - - - - $66.55
12.00 8.62 20.62 10.32 35.00 45.32 12.60 $78.50
12.75 9.69 22.44 10.32 35.00 45.32 12.60 $80.35
15.17 16.79 31.96 10.96 36.75 47.71 64.28 $143.95
13.21 13.32 26.53 10.96 36.75 47.71 13.03 $87.25
9.33 6.61 15.94 10.96 36.75 47.71 13.03 $76.65
2.33 1.77 4.10 10.96 36.75 47.71 13.03 $64.80