Separate water meters in duplexes
DUPLEX and triplex dwellers in the Tweed Shire are now allowed to have separate water meters.
Tweed Shire Council has announced the decision following complaints from duplex and triplex occupants over rising water bills and concerns about splitting water bills fairly.
The decision means residents have the opportunity to receive their own water bills instead of splitting a single bill.
A water service connection standard will be introduced for all new duplex and triplex buildings, while existing owner corporations can take up the retrofit to meet this standard at their own expense.
Tweed Shire Council acting water manager Peter Haywood said the decision was made at a council meeting that took place on Wednesday, December 15.
“This decision is more directed towards new buildings, but existing buildings can also choose to have meters installed if they pay the installation costs,” Mr Haywood said.
“We have had quite a number of residents asking about their water bills, and this new system will allow residents to be aware of their water usage.
“This will give residents the opportunity to pay their own bill.”
Tweed Shire Council manager of building and environmental health Ross Cameron said having separate water meters will make residents more aware of their own water usage.
“It may make people more environmentally aware of the amount of water they are using,” Mr Cameron said.
“It will also ensure that there are no arguments over water bills if one resident is using more water.”
Residents can contact Tweed Shire Council at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 6670 2400 for more information on separate water meters.