Sometimes that water bill can be a real doozy when it comes in. Most Wollongong residents get their water bill every 3 months, so even small changes can have a big impact on the size of the payment.
What are the components of water costs and how much do people pay on average in your area? Are there ways you can reduce your bill? Let’s find out!
Components of Water Costs
You might think that your water bill is dependent on how much water you use. That’s only partially true.
Every Sydney resident has to pay a fixed water usage charge. Pensioners get a bit of break and vacant lot owners don’t have to pay. But pretty much everyone else has to pay the same fixed price.
On top of this fixed charge, you’ll also pay a usage-based consumption charge, which is a fancy way of saying you have to pay for every litre of water you use. This charge is set at a certain price per kiloLitre and you are charged based on how much water you use.
As a drought control protection, the set charge will jump considerably if the dam levels fall below 60%. So, pray for rain, and conserve water as much as you can.
There is also a fixed charge included that covers wastewater and sewerage services.
If you’re new to Wollongong (or never had to pay your water bill before), you might not know what to expect. Since the bills come quarterly, they are a larger expense when they come.
In general, Wollongong residents pay around $300 per quarter or $1200 per year.
Save On Your Water Bills
However, there are many tricks you can use to reduce water bills in Wollongong.
Run a Full Dishwasher
For example, modern dishwashers use less water to wash dishes than if you were to wash them by hand. However, this only works if the dishwasher is full when you run it. The dishwasher will use the same amount of water to wash a handful of dishes as it does to wash a packed load.
Save the Baths for Special Occasions
Showering uses less water than filling up a bathtub (as long as your shower isn’t super long). So opt for quick showers each day and save the baths for when you really want to relax.
Install Low-Flow Showerheads
You can save even more water by installing low-flow showerheads in your bathrooms. These can use as much as half the amount of water in the same amount of time. Don’t worry, savvy engineers have figured out how to still offer a luxurious shower with a lower flow rate.
Enjoy Savings on Your Water Bill
We hope this information has helped you understand a little more about your water bill. Understanding how it works, and knowing what you can do to save makes it a little less surprising when you get that bill every 3 months!