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Scottish water charges

This page looks at water charges and rates in Scotland and how you may be able to save money on water by getting a meter installed.

Paying water charges

Water is not free in Scotland, there are two ways of paying for it.

As part of your council tax bill

If you don't have a water meter, water charges will be added to your council tax bill and paid to the council. The rates will depend on which council tax band your home is in.

You may not have to pay the full charge if:

Direct to Scottish Water

If you have a water meter fitted, Scottish Water will send you a monthly or quarterly bill. This will consist of a fixed charge, plus a charge for the amount of water you use, measured by the meter, and an estimated charge for waste water.

You can find out how much the charges are at the Scottish Water website.

Will a water meter save me money?

Getting a meter installed may save you money, depending on how many people live in your home and how much water you use. To find out, use the water calculator on the Scottish Water website. This will help you work out how much water you use and then you can speak to Scottish Water to see if it would be worth getting a meter installed.

Getting a water meter installed

Water meters are installed by Scottish Water. If you're interested in getting a meter, find out about getting a survey by Scottish Water, for which their charges start at £93.10. The meter will usually be installed outside your home, so that Scottish Water can access it easily to read it.

Cost of getting a water meter installed

Scottish Water will pay for the meter itself, however, you will be charged for all other costs involved in installing it.

I rent my home can I get a water meter installed? 

If you rent your home, you'll need to get permission from your landlord before you can get a meter installed.

I want to go back to an unmetered water supply

If you want to revert to an unmetered water supply, you need to notify Scottish Water in writing. Call the customer helpline on 0845 601 8855 to find out more.

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The important points

  • In Scotland you can pay for your water supply either as part of your council tax or direct to Scottish Water.
  • If you want to find out if paying directly to Scottish Water will save you money you should speak to Scottish Water to arrange a survey.
  • You will pay the cost of the survey and getting the meter installed, Scottish Water will pay for the meter.

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