Water meters are
the fairest way
to pay for water

How will you be charged?

The meter measures how much water is used in cubic metres (one cubic metre = 1,000 litres) and you are charged a unit rate for each cubic metre of water used. 1,000 litres is enough water for:

You are charged a unit rate for each cubic metre of water returned to the sewerage system, which is treated and recycled to the environment. This is called the wastewater charge.

This charge is worked out on the basis that 92.5 per cent of water used goes into the sewers, because some is used in the gardens or evaporates.

A guide to usage

The table below gives a guide to the average water use of households not on a water meter and how much yearly or monthly bills could be for the same water use on metered charges. Your bill will vary based on your own personal water use:

The prices are average and a guideline only, based on a household receiving water
and wastewater services from Southern Water during 2013/2014. The guides are based on a flat profile of water consumption throughout the year and also include a standing charge and surface water drainage charge.

View our charges or use the Water Energy calculator to find out how much water you are using for your daily activities.

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