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  • #58592
    Greta
    Flatchatter

    My water meter in a 20 year old townhouse block is faulty, leaking water all the time, only discovered yesterday by a plumber doing some work.

    The Water Board has advised me that they only fix problems with the meter if it is within 1 metre  from the entrance to the property.  As the townhouse is in a back row of townhouses  who is responsible for payment, I believe  it to be about $500 as it is a   tap or valve .  This is unfair as a front townhouse can get theirs fixed for nothing whilst penalising any back row townhouses.

    Does anyone have any workaround for this?  We’re in Sydney.

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  • #58629
    kaindub
    Flatchatter

    I am not a plumber but I can use the internet.

    I will assume that Sydney Water is your water supply authority, but it’s likely other water supply authorities would be similar.

    Sydney Water states that the water meter is their property and they are responsible for it. There is no exclusion that I can see that  limits them to repairing meters within a meter of the boundary.

    (I had cause just this month to call Sydney Water to repair a leaking meter that they had installed. The building was 250 meters from the road and the meter was some 20 meters from the boundary. No problem with Sydney Water).

    I understand, but I could be mistaken, that Sydney Water provides a courtesy service to customers for small issues near their meters. It’s free but with conditions.

    According to Sydney Water the consumer is responsible for all pipework and isolation valves .
    In a strata property, the OC will be responsible for all pipework and isolation valves on common property. The lot owner is responsible for pipework and taps within their lot.

    The above statement is somewhat simplified and may need a mutual understanding between the lot owner and the OC as to who is responsible for what.

    #58632
    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    In a strata property, the OC will be responsible for all pipework and isolation valves on common property. The lot owner is responsible for pipework and taps within their lot.

    That’s what I thought – it’s not just the units at the back who have to pay, it’s all the units in the scheme, via the owners corp.

     

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