Water bills are an essential but inconvenient expense, often catching us off guard with how expensive they are, especially in the harsh Australian summer when you are using more than usual. It’s important to make savings for the benefit of your bank account as well as to reduce wastage.
Comparing your water bills to the average in the Darwin area could help you to determine if you are using lots of water and how to improve on this, which is why we have compiled this guide. Here, we will reveal how much the average water bill in Darwin is as well as other key information you need to know.
How much is the average water bill in Darwin?
Although figures aren’t easy to obtain, it’s estimated that the average water bill in Darwin and the rest of the Northern Territory is around $300 per quarter. This is higher than New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia, with the latter reportedly having the lowest quarterly water bill in all of Australia. The average water bill in Australia as a whole is $226.
What factors influence your water bill?
Of course, all of the above figures are highly variable. Your water usage is highly dependent on the size of your household, with houses of five or more occupants having an average bill in Australia of $372. Your lifestyle plays a part too, as all bills include a water usage charge. For example, people who often use a hosepipe to clean their car or water their lawn will see a much larger bill than those who don’t.
It also depends on where you live because different states have different standing charges. This is why the Northern Territory’s average bills are higher.
What costs do water bills include?
Having a closer look at your residential water bill can give you some hints as to what most of your water bill is going towards. There will be two fixed access charges – the water access charge and the sewerage access charge. The fixed annual sewerage charge for residential properties connected to the sewerage service in the Northern Territory is $867.92, which works out at $216.98 quarterly.
The water access charge is measured daily and depends on the size of the portable meter or permanent connection – find out what yours is here. Then, the water usage charge is added. This changes depending on how much water you use and is calculated at $2.0606 per kilolitre.
How can I reduce my water bill?
One of the simplest ways to reduce your water bill is to reduce the amount of water you use. As we have already mentioned, those who use hose pipes are likely to have higher water bills, so you could try using recycled water for your garden instead. Investigate any leaks that you spot around the home and try to get them fixed as soon as possible to reduce water waste.
Investing in a more water-efficient washing machine or dishwasher can also help to save money in the long term, as well as simpler ideas such as taking shorter showers and not letting the tap run while you brush your teeth.
If you think you are paying too much for your water bill in Darwin and need help reducing it with plumbing replacement and repairs, All Hours Plumbing is your best choice. Give us a call today on 08 8947 3391 to find out about our services.