||[Mar. 9th, 2005|05:46 pm]
Size at Sep 2004 4.8 cm
Size at Mar 2005 4.8 cm
No growth in the size. I breathe a sigh of relief.
I was told to smile. "Even if you don't feel like doing so you can try. It might eventually happen spontaneously."
I was reminded of those in Iraq and those living in Ulan Bator (?) and that there are always those who are worse off.
Water consumption for the quarter ending Dec 2004 = 47 litres per day.
Water consumption for the quarter ending Mar 2005 = 271 litres per day.
While not expensive the increase is a bit hard to understand. Although it's been hot I haven't been doing much with water that I didn't do in the quarter before.
sounds as if you might have a water leak somewhere. do any of your taps drip? does the toilet refill the tank and shut off, or does water continue to run? (or have you just been taking more showers, because it was hot?)
I have some water bills from previous years so the logical thing to do is to compare this period's water usage against a similar period in previous years. I'm not aware of any leakages from taps (faucets) etc, and I would have thought I'd have taken more showers while working.
(I've changed the non water consumption measurement from mm to cm)
then you probably ought to check the loo very carefully. the other possibility is a leaking pipe somewhere where you don't see it - maybe under the house, or even in the pipe leading into the house from the main. or else there's been an error in the billing, either with the meter reading or with the way the bill is calculated.
Thanks Ace. Having inspected the bills it looks as though the meter was misread in the previous quarter. My "normal" water consumption is about 14 kilolitres per quarter. For the December quarter I was billed 5 kilolitres and for the March quarter it was 25 kilolitres; hence the dramatic change in the graph that come with the bill. However adding 5 to 25 and dividing by 2 indicates an average consumption of 15 kilolitres per quarter which is normal.
Conclusion. The meter was misread in December !
Even if there was a leak the extra charge is about $A10 and I estimate a plumber would charge at least $A100, so getting a plumber in to look for hidden leaks wouldn't be cost effective.
well, there's your answer = they just corrected the previous billing error by averaging the amounts. but it wouldn't hurt to make sure the toilet isn't leaking slowly anyway ;-)