Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > Europe > Spain
Reload this Page >

Water bills - what to expect

Water bills - what to expect

Old Nov 19th 2014, 1:40 am
  #1  
BE Enthusiast
Thread Starter
 
Joined: May 2014
Posts: 468
keithBT is an unknown quantity at this point
Question Water bills - what to expect

Being a newbie I would like to know what I should expect to pay for water bills. Since April this year I seem to have paid roughly 30 euros a month to giahsa. I have a 3 bed duplex on ME. I received bills in the post box for april, may and june but nothing since then. Last month I was debited 38 odd euros. Whether they actually read the meter I dont know. Maybe after six months they read the meter and update their earlier estimates. As an owner we do not have access to read our water meter located in the locked cabinets. I looked online to see if I could register to read / receive bills onliine, but could not see this as an option. Assuming we will not occupy the apartment much until spring and consumption could be NIL, can anyone suggest what the bills might be please? I'm guessing there is an element of standing charges based on the property, rather than purely on water consumption.

Thanks, keith
keithBT is offline  
Old Nov 19th 2014, 3:22 am
  #2  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 45
sunqueen is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Water bills - what to expect

We have a 2 bed on LE. standing charge is 9.89 per bill - so every 2 months. Ave bill is approx 30 euro's and we visit most months. Standing charges are always the largest elements of the bill. You can read your meter of your caretaker has a key. Perhaps your community president will know this?
sunqueen is offline  
Old Nov 19th 2014, 10:23 pm
  #3  
BE Enthusiast
 
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: Ayamonte
Posts: 876
guesswork has a reputation beyond reputeguesswork has a reputation beyond reputeguesswork has a reputation beyond reputeguesswork has a reputation beyond reputeguesswork has a reputation beyond reputeguesswork has a reputation beyond reputeguesswork has a reputation beyond reputeguesswork has a reputation beyond reputeguesswork has a reputation beyond reputeguesswork has a reputation beyond reputeguesswork has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Water bills - what to expect

In our block on Las Encinas the cupboard is left unlocked. In the event of a leak in any apartment you need instant access to turn off the water to the relevant property
guesswork is offline  
Old Nov 20th 2014, 7:39 pm
  #4  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 93
del.Almendro will become famous soon enoughdel.Almendro will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Water bills - what to expect

Originally Posted by keithBT
Being a newbie I would like to know what I should expect to pay for water bills. Since April this year I seem to have paid roughly 30 euros a month to giahsa. I have a 3 bed duplex on ME. I received bills in the post box for april, may and june but nothing since then. Last month I was debited 38 odd euros. Whether they actually read the meter I dont know. Maybe after six months they read the meter and update their earlier estimates. As an owner we do not have access to read our water meter located in the locked cabinets. I looked online to see if I could register to read / receive bills onliine, but could not see this as an option. Assuming we will not occupy the apartment much until spring and consumption could be NIL, can anyone suggest what the bills might be please? I'm guessing there is an element of standing charges based on the property, rather than purely on water consumption.

Thanks, keith
If you have a direct debit set up through a Spanish bank then your bills are visible via the virtual office on Giahsa's website.

We have closed our Spanish bank account and now pay all our bills by other means. In the case of Giahsa we pay the monthly bill by credit card through the Tributeria website (sgth.es). We have to email the Tributeria each month and ask them to reply with a copy of the latest bill. This gives us the unique payment reference number to enable online payment. Alternatively, if we are in Spain when the bill is due we can take the paper bill to the Tributeria office in Ayamonte and pay in person.

As UK residents we were perplexed when our Spanish bank account was embargoed due to a Tributeria cock up. When the IBAN International payments were introduced we decided to dispense with the Spanish bank account and now successfully pay all our bills by other means (water, leccy, IBI, deemed rental income and insurance).
del.Almendro is offline  
Old Nov 21st 2014, 5:11 am
  #5  
BE Enthusiast
Thread Starter
 
Joined: May 2014
Posts: 468
keithBT is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Water bills - what to expect

Thanks for that, I have managed (eventually) to register online and have gained sight of all my bills this year. It seems that if you use no water the bill still comes to 25 odd euros, this being the base of (standing) charges. Even if I use a load of water it still only goes to about 33 euros. Whether the base charge is calculated on the fiscal value of 161,294 euros or some other means I've yet to discover. There must be some difference of the base charge between say a one bed flat and a big detached villa ???? I just have not worked it out yet. Its as clear as MUD !!

Keith
keithBT is offline  
Old Nov 23rd 2014, 3:15 am
  #6  
Forum Regular
 
Uncle Buck's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 147
Uncle Buck has a reputation beyond reputeUncle Buck has a reputation beyond reputeUncle Buck has a reputation beyond reputeUncle Buck has a reputation beyond reputeUncle Buck has a reputation beyond reputeUncle Buck has a reputation beyond reputeUncle Buck has a reputation beyond reputeUncle Buck has a reputation beyond reputeUncle Buck has a reputation beyond reputeUncle Buck has a reputation beyond reputeUncle Buck has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Water bills - what to expect

Originally Posted by keithBT
Thanks for that, I have managed (eventually) to register online and have gained sight of all my bills this year. It seems that if you use no water the bill still comes to 25 odd euros, this being the base of (standing) charges. Even if I use a load of water it still only goes to about 33 euros. Whether the base charge is calculated on the fiscal value of 161,294 euros or some other means I've yet to discover. There must be some difference of the base charge between say a one bed flat and a big detached villa ???? I just have not worked it out yet. Its as clear as MUD !!

Keith
I understood that the standard bill was for a standing charge plus a minimal usage fee, so you are paying for some water even if you are not there. Hence why it only goes up a small amount when you are over and using water. Not a good plan to be on if you are not there for say 6-8 months of the year, but not aware of anything else you can do to lower the cost.
Uncle Buck is offline  
Old Nov 23rd 2014, 5:52 am
  #7  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 93
del.Almendro will become famous soon enoughdel.Almendro will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Water bills - what to expect

Originally Posted by Uncle Buck
I understood that the standard bill was for a standing charge plus a minimal usage fee, so you are paying for some water even if you are not there. Hence why it only goes up a small amount when you are over and using water. Not a good plan to be on if you are not there for say 6-8 months of the year, but not aware of anything else you can do to lower the cost.
Water usage is metered; usage is estimated one month then read the next. Any overestimate is corrected the following month when the actual meter reading is known.

Our bill includes a monthly charge for rubbish collection.
del.Almendro is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us - Manage Preferences Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.