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Old 29.05.2011, 18:39
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Water: Switzerland's a bargain

I read an article in today's Sunday Times (London) in the 'Money' section on the cost of tap water supplied with and without meters in the UK. It appears a single person living a detached house can on average expect to pay £256 a year for metered and £712 for unmetered water per year.

That's CHF358 and CHF1000 respectively even with today's weak pound. There are two of us in a Swiss detached house and a garden hose and what did we pay for a year's worth of delicious Swiss tap water??

CHF141.20 - I'll have another glass...
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Re: Water: Switzerland's a bargain

.... plus there's the savings on not having the need to take calcium and mineral supplements.

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.... plus there's the savings on not having the need to take calcium and mineral supplements.
Debatable.
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Old 29.05.2011, 19:31
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Re: Water: Switzerland's a bargain

Well, it's refreshing (pun intended) to know that there is something sold cheaply here, after all!
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Debatable.
So debate it. At least Swiss tap water does't taste of chrorine...
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Old 29.05.2011, 19:59
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Re: Water: Switzerland's a bargain

It is quite delicious, yes. I guess I´ve been needlessly economizing on water for the past 3 months then.
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Old 29.05.2011, 20:21
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It is quite delicious, yes. I guess I´ve been needlessly economizing on water for the past 3 months then.
Even if water is "cheap" here, you should still try to economize, it's a precious commodity for many people in the world.
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Old 29.05.2011, 20:31
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So debate it. At least Swiss tap water does't taste of chrorine...
I haven't tasted water that taste of chlorine. I guess in some places that may be true if you say so.
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I haven't tasted water that taste of chlorine. I guess in some places that may be true if you say so.
Never visited the USA then? Or many locations in the UK...
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Never visited the USA then? Or many locations in the UK...
Yes and Yes, but America is a big place so I don't doubt you. Guess I've been lucky.
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Old 29.05.2011, 20:49
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Re: Water: Switzerland's a bargain

The water where I live is actually fairly good. But the cost - that was one thing I was absolutely unprepared for. A small one bedroom flat costs £30/month (no meter). It is obscene the costs for water in the UK. Switzerland is a definite bargain in comparison (and the tap water there tastes fantastic)!
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Old 29.05.2011, 20:56
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I read an article in today's Sunday Times (London) in the 'Money' section on the cost of tap water supplied with and without meters in the UK. It appears a single person living a detached house can on average expect to pay £256 a year for metered and £712 for unmetered water per year.

That's CHF358 and CHF1000 respectively even with today's weak pound. There are two of us in a Swiss detached house and a garden hose and what did we pay for a year's worth of delicious Swiss tap water??

CHF141.20 - I'll have another glass...
For me Swiss tap water would be a better deal than UK tap water even priced at 3000 chfs a year. In the UK all I drank was Evian, here it's all from the tap. And then theres the awesome water pressure you get here. Both of these things are really important to my lifestyle which should be factored into personal value.
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Old 29.05.2011, 21:03
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Re: Water: Switzerland's a bargain

Are water costs included in my charges?
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Old 29.05.2011, 21:11
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Are water costs included in my charges?
If you rent, they should be in the nebenkosten (extra charges) you pay per month.
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Re: Water: Switzerland's a bargain

The quality of water is very good here in Zurich - I found this article explaining how they make sure it stays that way:
http://www.sdzv-drustvo.si/si/VD-06_...aiser_VD06.pdf
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Old 29.05.2011, 21:22
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If you rent, they should be in the nebenkosten (extra charges) you pay per month.
I'm still awaiting my first potential refund from that....hopefully it's actually a refund and not an extra grand
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Old 29.05.2011, 22:04
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Re: Water: Switzerland's a bargain

Actually it depends where you live. Our Commune charges for water consumed as per the meter, then a charge for purification treatment of said amount of water then on top of that it applies a charge on a sliding scale which works out at between 0.3% to 0.5% of the insured value of your home.
This latter is payable regardless of the amount of water you use, so it amounts to a water tax. It makes our water bills ridiculous.
The same process applies to sewage bills, except the tax is 0.7% of the insured value of your home.
Bargain? Ha!
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