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    Shared outside tap

    I live in a first floor flat, with a strip of garden at the rear. There is currently an outside tap on the side of the house which is only accessible by one ground floor flat.
    I want to install an outside tap on the "communal" side of the house, so that we five flats who don't have direct access to the rear, can use a hose and maintain our strips of garden.
    My questions are :
    What is the best physical way to do this? Could we install a metre specifically for the outside tap, and would this be expensive or difficult?
    Or, we believe we can access a ground floor flat's water, fairly easily, but then the query is how to reimburse her for the water we use, which is soon to become metred?

    #2
    Who pays for the water supply to that tap at the moment?

    I suggest you use a watering can from your kitchen basin. A bodged arrangement will end in tears.

    I suppose you could have a private meter with some arrangement - having the water board install a separate meter is going to be very expensive and will count as a separate supply with standing charges etc before it is even used.

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      #3
      Unless someone is using to, say, support a power washing business, the standing charge will be a lot more than the usage charge. The business use would be an abuse of a domestic tariff (at least Thames Water consider this sort of communal supply domestic).

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        #4
        I recommend that you try to agree a private arrangement with the leaseholder of the ground floor flat. That is much simpler and cost effective than trying to arrange a separate supply.

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