Not everyone is connected to the Council's water infrastructure. Those ratepayers who are connected currently pay for their water via a targeted rate and by water consumption. The targeted rate is a fixed amount and is the same for everyone, irrespective of how much water is used.
The majority of residential properties in Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Raglan are the only parts of the Waikato district that do not already have water meters.
Once water meters are installed, the targeted water rate will reduce (like an electricity line charge). These properties will then only pay for how much water they use. If you use less water, you pay less. If you use more water, you pay more.
At the moment, customers who already have water meters are billed six monthly.
It's important to note that Councils, by law, are only allowed to recover the costs of treating, supplying and disposing of water. Councils are not allowed to make a profit on water.