There’s been a lot of concern amongst the allotment community about ‘non residential water charges‘ and quite a long discussion on this can be found on the forums: Water Charges Threat to Allotments.
Anyway, I had a really interesting email off Tim Lund who is the Development Officer of Kent House Leisure Gardens about the amounts of money allotment sites are paying now and how they can save or get a rebate. Tim originally sent this email to the Bromley Allotments and Leisure Gardens Federation allotment sites and they pay to Thames Water.
I’ve edited the email slightly to make it more generally applicable.
Waste Water Abatements
Over the last three years, we at Kent House Leisure Gardens have paid Thames Water nearly £1,500 more than we should. We hope that by drawing the attention of other allotment sites to the reasons – the removal during the hose pipe ban of a waste water abatement we had previously negotiated – any other site in the same position, or who have not previously been aware of the possibility of waste water abatements, will also be able from now to start saving themselves about one third of their metered water costs.
Check your water bills as see if you are being charged for waste water, and if so how much. Recently we have been paying £1.1313 per cubic meter for water supplied, and £0.5576 for waste water – in other words water that goes back into the sewers. However, water used for watering allotments does NOT go back into the sewers, and so it is possible to claim a waste water abatement. If you have no toilets or kitchens on the site, you should be able to get a 100% abatement, which will save you 33% on your metered costs – although not on the total which includes a fixed daily charge.
If like us you do have toilets and kitchens, it will be slightly more complicated. Without going to the trouble of installing a separate meter – which we might eventually – we have made an estimate nonetheless, and expect to get our metered bills down by about 28%.
If you are not getting a water abatement, can I urge you to contact your water utility supplier. Compare notes so that you can present them with consistent estimates, which will make it harder for them to argue the toss?
Thanks Tim – Really Useful Information