My old Dad (84) has been frugal all his life. He has lived on his own for the last ten years, during which time it has become a bit of an obsession, although he’s not a ‘struggling’ pensioner. He had a water meter installed when they were first offered to domestic users.
He has a water butt from which he transfers water to 5 adjacent plastic dustbins for storage. Uses this for the garden, washing the car and also for filling an array of 5ltr plastic containers that are taken indoors, lined up in the bathroom and used to fill the cistern when he needs to flush. There is also a brick in the cistern and I think he chucks a gallon in the washing machine on wash day (eco wash once every 3 weeks).
His shower delivers a fine mist. A power shower it is not. He probably only uses that a couple of times a week but fully avails himself of all the facilities at the local leisure centre as he swims there regularly.
When he wants some hot water from the tap to wash the dishes he collects the cold water that precedes the hot in 4pt plastic milk containers. This water goes in the toilet cistern.
His last water bill (for 6 months) was: Standing Charge £26.20 Water used £6.52.
I pointed out to him that he was £246 in credit with the supplier (they keep hiking his monthly direct debit payment) and that he should ask them for a refund. After a bit of an argument on the phone, they are sending him a cheque for the balance but want to keep the DD payment the same until they have sent someone round to check the meter (it was checked a couple of years ago because so little appeared to go through it). They can’t believe someone can use so little water so it must be faulty or been tampered with.
He is sure that when everyone has a meter it will cost him more.
Also, he has a vehicle inspection pit in his garage. It is never used and the lining has gone so there is always 12 – 18in of water in it depending on the water table.
My brother suggested he fill it in but he won’t. Its his ‘well’, his emergency supply for when TSHTF.