‘Town’ water is cheap over here, and billed monthly, thankfully (see why below). The bill usually runs to about THB 100 or a little more, and has been like that ever since we moved into this house.
Five weeks ago we received a bill of 181 THB, which was nearly double the expected amount. Didn’t think too much of it, willing to ‘keep an eye on it’. Bad move!
Here’s the tip – if you receive an unusually high water bill, your first move should be to check your water meter! (*sees wise heads nodding*)
We didn’t 🙁
The following month a guy from the water authority rocked up with new bill in hand and a notice attached.
The amount? THB 1675. F me !
Ok, now we have a problem Houston.
We can’t find any leaks in or around the house, but there is some ‘hissing’ near one of the outside taps.
I got a bit of a shock when I finally checked the water meter. It was running like a headless chicken.
Was someone stealing our water? (it happens)
Worried the cops were about to show up thinking we were running an indoor grow-op, I investigated as best I could and determined an underground supply pipe had likely ruptured. After turning the supply off at the meter we organised for some repairs which were carried out a few days ago.
All good now, the lads who came out and laid new above-ground piping did a great job.
The cost? THB 5000, which the owner is picking up (over here that’s not a given!) In Oz, not sure that would even cover the call-out fee.
We’re still left to pay the excessive monthly water bill but lessoned learned.
That which hurts, teaches!