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Jinx
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I'm brand new to strata living - one month in - in NSW. 

I just got a water bill and it's not clear to me if there is water usage on there. Just appears to be service charges.  Surely individual units pay for their own water usage? 

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Jinx - Does your strata building only have one common water meter? Or does it have individual water meters for each lot?

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Great question. I just got a somewhat hefty water bill. As a newish owner, is that anything to do with household usage? Don't think so. Or is there a government change of some sort?  How do I check about the metres, everything seems to be locked up. Thanks very much in advance if you have a tip, Lady P.

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BONNIE L - Contact your Strata Manager and/or a member of your Executive Committee ASAP and ask them about the water meters. If there is just one common water meter then you should also be asking how the lots are billed for the water usage of each individual lot.

A common water meter is not unusual in older buildings in NSW.

See below for a link to an article that might help explain this issue for you:

http://greenstrata.com.au/topi.....ing-strata

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Lady Penelope said
A common water meter is not unusual in older buildings in NSW.

They're not unknown in newer buildings either, if the developer decides to save money by putting in one meter for the building rather that one for each unit. We've even heard of one block where the owner decided to install only one water meter and one gas meter for the whole building.

If the building has a centralised hot water system, there might be additional charges based on your unit entitlements.

The only way to establish this is to ask your strata manager on what basis bills are calculated. By far the most efficient way is for each unit to have its own meters - because that way energy conscious residents aren't subsidising the flatmates and airbnb backpackers downstairs who spend hours in the showers.

But they are notoriously expensive to retrofit so there will be resistance to any moves to upgrade.  However, if you can get a majority to agree, the minority will fall into line when they discovered that fewer people are sharing the bills blown out by over-use.

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