I rang Sydney Water to get advice (this person was not so snootty) and to change my forwarding address so bills come to me not the unoccupied premises. Procedure is to ring PAL to report the crime and then to call back to request a new meter. Once that was done, I needed to organise a plumber to check the pipes to ensure that they are not missing or damaged as Sydney Water can't install a new meter if that is the case. My lovely plumber, Brian, from Asquith Plumbing is checking out the situation this afternoon for me.
Apparently, the crims can get about $3-4 for a meter! Spending spree coming up.
- I am a SAHM who does work from home occasionally, dedicated to raising 3 Godly, independent, healthy children. Loving the home building process though it is not without challenges. I have fairly free reign over the creative aspect of the project...just not the financial side!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Upon inspection, it appears that our water meter has been stolen. All that is left is a tap & a big, constant drip. I have done some Googling and it appears I need to report it to the police to get a reference number and then call Sydney Water.
I have a feeling that moving onto a relatively busy road, from a private access road off a cul-de-sac, is going to be a shock to the system. Mail taken from the letterbox, people loading our bins up with inappropriate rubbish, stealing water meters....
Does anyone know what this is? Found it sticking out of the ground after the excavation. Suggestions?
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I drove by this morning after dropping the children off to school and found I couldn't get far. I was held up by several BIG trucks trying to get on site. Tears welled up & I got the shivers. Eden Brae are on site after 18 months of our planning!
From near the letterbox
This came from the front of the property - a small stump in the ground that Brad & I couldn't yank out. Now I see why!
View towards the front - didn't expect that retaining wall.
There is a significant drop down to the grass - not obvious in the photo
More obvious here as we can't see the grassed area.
Whilst I was there, I found an overdue water bill that had been sitting in the letterbox for a while. Upon ringing Sydney Water, it is because we haven't given them a final reading. I am not so sure where the meter is or even if it is still there. If there isn't a meter anymore, we will have to pay huge amounts for having an unmetered property. I am truly hoping that it is not something that I have to followup with the demolition company. Please, NO! I really wish this sort of thing was properly explained to the client - you sort of find out through default. Sydney Water told me that I needed to call them as soon as the tenants moved out and then again just before demolition.