Understanding the Water Bill

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Understanding the Water Bill

We had a lot of positive feedback with our Energy Bill blogs. So before we go into more detail with energy savings, we would take your feedback and give you the rundown of your household Water Usage Bill.

Specifically, how to read, understand and save on your Water Bill.

Before we start, your water bill can get confusing. Usually because it has a lot of numbers, figures, graphs, how to pay, due dates and so forth. If you are going to take anything away from this article, it should be where to hone in an take the useful information away.

Service Charges
Depending on where you live in Australia you may have a few items on your bill that you can’t change or have any influence over. These being service charges and can include;

  • Water Service
  • Sewer Service
  • Environment Improvement
  • Other

Think of these items as an administration fee that the council or water company charges to use their service.

If you are one of the lucky few that does not have service charges on your Water Bill, make sure you check your Council Rates Bill, you may find that they are hiding on there.


Water Usage

Your water usage is what you can control. On your Water Bill this may be labelled as “Water Usage”, “Water Consumption” or something completely different.

The important part with your usage is where you see the symbol “kL”. This refers to kilolitres or “1000 litres” and directly relates to how much water you have used. To put this into perspective 1000 litres is approximately a 1 metre cube box, or 7-8 Full Bath Tubs.

So look on your bill and find the total kL you used for the period. You will find the “kL” symbol in predominantly 3 places.

  • Your overall usage (A big number)
  • Your average daily usage (A small number, which is your overall usage divided by the number of days between bills)
  • How much you pay per “kL”.

For this article, we will only concern ourselves with the 1 st and 3 rd point.

Now, some where on your bill you will find “per kL” with a number in front. On some bills this number will have a “$” in front and others it may not, some may have a lot of decimal places others might not. It is all how the water company sets up their bills. Regardless if it reads $1.87 per kL or 1.8735 per kL, this is how much you pay per “kL”.

It is very straight forward after that;

Overall Usage (in kL) x How Much you pay per kL” ($ per kL) = Total Cost of Usage ($)

For my last bill;
89 kL x $1.87 per kL = $166.43

And from what we learned before this is the same as;
89,000 litres x $1.87 per 1000 litres = $166.43
The units is where people tend to get stuck. Just remember when you look at your usage 1 kL = 1000
Litres and 0.001 kL = 1 Litre.

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