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Help (unknown leakage): £580 water bill for 6 months which was £100 before

Postby ken.jiaqi » Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:04 pm

Hello, it is a raining day just like my mood...
I got a water bill indicating 208 cubic meters for the last 6 months, while comparing this to previous bills, I realised nearly 6 times higher than we used to have. My first idea is there must be some leaks, heavy leaks in my house. However, we do not see anything discernible really. Could anyone has such experiences provide some advice to us, please?

I did a simple flow test last night, before going bed, I recorded the meter reading. This morning, I recorded it again to make sure there is no one using water in this period. The reading has not changed.

In the day time, I logged the meter readings (cubic meter unit) every a few hours, as shown below:
It seems without showers just occasionally using toilet and wash dishes, the family use 170 lighters water in the morning. It really seems to high for me.

18:48 Aug 28 --- 562.817
23:08 Aug 28 --- 563.179 (the family have showers and dish washed)
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08:55 Aug 29 --- 563.179 (wake up, before using any water)
11:30 Aug 29 --- 563.239 (washing breakfast dishes, using toilet)
12:00 Aug 29 --- 563.240 (toilet and kitchen occasional usage)
13:00 Aug 29 --- 563.281 (toilet and kitchen occasional usage)
14:00 Aug 29 --- 563.306 (toilet and kitchen occasional usage)
15:15 Aug 29 --- 563.328 (toilet and kitchen occasional usage)
16:35 Aug 29 --- 563.347 (toilet and kitchen occasional usage)

Could it be possible, due to some leakage, the water meter magnifies the actual used quantity?

The Severn Trent has arranged a visit on Sep 9th, meanwhile I am really anxious and seeking help.
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Postby ken.jiaqi » Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:33 pm

More details I think may be relevant: in the first week of Aug we had a humming cold water pipe in the kitchen just above the internal stopcock. Within a week I managed to repair it. However, I found my internal stopcock does not stop water at all. Would this cause any issue to the meter outside?

I live in a semi-detached house and the neighbour has identical meter like mine. Two water meters are aligned together outside. Would my neighbour affect my meter reading in any case?
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