There are times when Hobart experiences severe water-restrictions. In addition, the old law that included water costs as a flat charge in municipal rates for the property owner’s account has changed. Whereas previously, property owners in Hobart were solely responsible for water supply charges, the metered cost can now be passed on to tenants. Hobart property management specialists discuss how this affects Hobart rental tenants and property owners – and how to save water when times get tough.
Who pays for water?
It’s important to note that the metered cost of water is the only water supply expense that property management companies can retrieve from tenants. The meter must not only be present, but it must also only measure the rented property’s water use.
Property owners in Hobart who want to encourage tenants to save water should therefore begin by ensuring that the conditions for transferring water bills to tenants are met. Alternatively, they can ask us to check it out on their behalf. Tenants are far more likely to save water if they know that they will have to pay for it!
Fixing drips and leaks
Drips and leaks aren’t always obvious. How will you know if there’s a hidden leak in your plumbing system? One way of finding out is to ask members of your household not to use water for an hour or two. Check the meter at the beginning and end of this time. If it shows that you have used water, it’s time to report in to your property managers. We’ll organize a plumber to check it out and discover the sneaky water waster.
Water-saving taps, toilets, and shower heads
Tap aerators are cheap and help to ensure that less water goes down the drain. You still get good water pressure, but less water comes from the tap when you open it. Water-saving toilets are the norm in modern homes, but if you have an old-fashioned toilet, you may want to consider replacing it.
Tenants in Hobart who don’t want to spend money on replacing plumbing fixtures can reduce overall sewage water use by popping a capped plastic bottle filled with water into the cistern. Some people recommend a brick – but this can damage the cistern.
Like tap aerators, water-saving shower heads are cheap to install. You can more than halve the amount of water you need to take a shower by choosing the right shower head. And since water for showers is a big consumer (after water for baths), switching could represent a big saving.
Good habits to cultivate
Leaving taps running while you brush your teeth or have a morning shave wastes lots of water – the same goes for washing dishes under running water or running your dishwater before it is full. Washing your car can also use a lot of water. Using buckets instead of your garden hose can save a lot!
In any instance where you are seeking to save, small amounts add up to big totals. Catch the water you would ordinarily waste before stepping into the shower by catching it in a bucket. You can add it to the toilet cistern or use it to water thirsty garden plants like roses.
Lawns are water-guzzlers. And when water restrictions are tough, you may not water them at all. Consider replacing lawn with beds of native plants with pebbles and pathways covering the space in between. When you do water the garden, use a watering can or hand-held hosepipe. Irrigation invariably ends up using far more water than is actually necessary.
You can realize still more savings by covering bare soil with a mulch to help keep the moisture in. Mulch is anything that covers the soil – from drought tolerant “living mulch” ground covers to bark, lawn-clippings, or pebbles.
And if you absolutely must have those thirsty plants like roses and hydrangeas, plant them near the house so that you can toss collected waste water onto them, or have a system that allows “grey water” to be drained into the garden instead of the sewage system.
Hobart Property Management: “Water conservation makes sense”
Saving water has lots of advantages. To begin with, there’s more water available to fight bush fires, and since the area surrounding Hobart is prone to these, it’s in your interests to make sure firemen and women have the water they need.
Water is a limited resource, and with a growing population, Hobart properties will face rising water costs in years to come. Saving water in today’s world doesn’t entail much inconvenience. Just think of how people lived a couple of hundred years ago: they would have thought you were crazy if you told them that getting water would be as easy as opening a tap.
Finally, saving water saves you money, and whether you’re a property owner or a rental tenant, your Hobart property management company has your interests at heart. Let’s work together to save water!
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