Retired in Crete wrote:…There were no other charges but then we are not on mains drainage so I don't know if there is a charge for this…
For reference so other people know what to look out for, the additional items on our bill were labelled:
Ειδ.Τέλος 80 % With an amount equal to 80 % of the water charge
Αποχ/ση 100 % With an amount equal to the water charge
Πάγιο Υδρ. With a charge of €3
Πάγιο Αποχ. With a charge of €5
I don’t know what the first one is as I cannot recognise the abbreviation. I don’t know, therefore, under what conditions it does and doesn’t apply. I am pretty sure that the second is a charge for drainage, since Αποχέτευση is Greek for drains and drainage, and it is logical that you wouldn’t pay this if you were not on mains drainage. We were in a biggish town so we were connected to mains drains. The third appears to be a standing charge for water, identical to yours. The fourth seems to be a standing charge for drainage so again it is logical that you would not have this.
Incidentally, although the water is charged VAT at 9 % all the other charges are rated at 19 %.
Retired in Crete wrote:…It seems a bit unfair for your bill to be shared between two houses as I would have thought that the lower priced volumes should apply to each house…
Because most of the charge was within the first two bands and the difference in charge for these bands is quite small it wouldn’t have made a big difference. We were renting what had been a family home and another member of the same family owned the adjoining house that was much older. I think the meter belonged to the old house and when our part was built, back in the 70’s the old house probably wasn’t occupied. I suspect this is the reason that they didn’t bother putting in a second meter. For the first few years we were there the old house was only occupied in the summer. For the last three years it was occupied all year. It didn’t seem worth causing a fuss for a few Euros. All the family had become very close friends.
paulh wrote:I know that whereas our water on Akrotiri used to come from one source about 18 months ago as part of the water management plans it was joined and mixed with water from another source and our water is a lot harder now…
We investigated getting a water softener. During our research we saw a map of water hardness but I cannot remember where. I am pretty sure the dividing line between the moderate hardness area and the very hard area ran slightly east of Chania with the moderate hardness to the west side of the line. I would guess that you are quite close to this line and so it’s quite possible, therefore, that if they started including water from further east then it would become harder.
paulh wrote:…Interesting to note though the annual figures across Greece in the last drought (some 200 mm) and Warwicks average figures for Chania region of 600mm plus. Always thought Crete despite its southerly position was very green. I have even seen Crete described as Mediterranean temperate...
Obviously rainfall varies considerably from year to year. For example, in northern Greece the winter of 2005/2006 was very wet with persistent rain even occurring for significant periods in June. Like Crete, the last winter has been very dry. I don’t think you can rely, therefore, on the absolute values of the figures I quote applying in any particular year but the relative comparisons should still be valid within an area the size of Crete.