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​Sub-metering of multi-unit and non-residential properties

Since 1 January 2008, sub-meters are required to be installed in any new premises drawing water from the water service provider for separate lots in any type of building under a community title scheme, including common property, and all rented or leased sole occupancy units in class 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 new buildings.

This measure ensures that water service providers are able to directly charge the owners of separate lots in new buildings for water consumption. It also enables the provision of an itemised bill based on sub-meter readings to the owners of new buildings under single title with multiple tenancies. The owner can then opt to pass the cost of water onto the individual user.

Multi-unit and non-residential properties built before 1 January 2008

Prior to 1 January 2008 it was not mandatory to install water-meters with multi-unit residential premises and commercial premises.
For community title schemes water meters were usually installed outside the property boundary by the water service provider (mostly local government). Charges for water supplied to the lots within the scheme are often levied on the body corporate.
Under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 these charges were often distributed amongst lot owners on the basis of lot entitlements. This meant that individual lot owners had no knowledge of their individual water use and may be discouraged in their attempts to reduce their individual consumption. 

Additional resources

Sub-meter guidelines—for councils, plumbers, builders, developers, water service providers and community title managers (PDF, 302KB). ​​

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