Water Bills

town water tapI hear a lot of complaints about Water Bills . . . . . but Town Water is one of the ‘Great Bargains’ of our age!

Don’t Believe Me?

Well lets look at the facts.

Typical Water Charges

Well I live in Melbourne’s City West Water area so my  water charges are:

Water Service Charge

$54.65/quarter. This is to cover things like the maintenance of the thousands of km’s of pipes that  are ready to deliver the water to you.

Water Usage Charge

To encourage people to be responsible in the water usage the cost/kilolitre rises at 440 litres per day and again at 880 litres per day. (The average Melbournian uses 160 litres per day, but my wife and I are careful and only use around 100 litres each per day)

  • $2.3060 per kilolitre for the first 440 litres of water used per day.
  • $2.7241 per kilolitre for water usage above 440 and up to 880 litres per day.
  • $4.0749 per kilolitre for water usage above 880 litres per day.

Cost For A Family

Well the daily cost for an average family of 4 using 640 litres per day is:

1st  440 litres  $1.01

2nd 200 litres $0.54

Service Charge $0.60

Total $2.15 /day     (Equivalent to $3.36/kilolitre)

Remember this is for a product that has been; Collected, Stored(for up to 4 years), Treated, and Delivered to your tap exactly when you want it.

Some Comparisons

You may not be familiar with what a kilolitre really means but here are  3 equivalents.

  1. It weighs one tonne.
  2. It is equivalent to a cube 1m x 1m x 1m.
  3. Just over 4 large wheelie bins.
  4. 2,000 x 500ml bottles

Comparison With Any Other Product

If you can find any other product that you can have delivered to your door for $3.36/ tonne let me know . . . even dirt costs around $60/tonne.

Comparison with Bottled Water

Well the cheapest I could find bottled water was in my local Costco, where it worked out at $500/kilolitre!

Comparison with Beer

One days water supply = the cost of 1 stubby.


Still think Town Water is expensive? . . . . Then leave a comment!




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Easter Egg House?

With it being Good Friday today I couldn’t resist using this photo of a house that looks like a big egg!


Although it looks like an egg from the side it’s actually circular in plan . . .  so its more like a hamburger bun house.

Want to find out more?

Then check out Dornob.com


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Bridal Expo – Free Wedding

Getting Married Soon?

Live in Melbourne’s West?

Would you like a Free Wedding?


Bridal fair photo

Visit the Bridal Fair at Point Cook on Sunday 3 May 2015


D’Olive Reception Centre

454 Point Cook Road

Point Cook

Vic 3056


Here is a chance to meet with over 40 suppliers of wedding services:

Celebrants, Photographers,Cakes,  Stationery,  Bridal Shops, Florists, Reception Centres and much more.


Entry by Gold Coin Donation


One Lucky Bride will win a FREE WEDDING for 40 guests

 For more information. . . click on this link: Hoppers Crossing Rotary Club Bridal Fair


All funds raised go to assist with Hoppers Crossing Rotary Club’s work in the Community

Disclosure: Brian Ashworth, Author of this Blog, is a member of Hoppers Crossing Rotary Club

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EfflorecenceWhat’s that white powdery stuff that can appear on brickwork?

Well the technical name is Efflorecence

It can also appear on concrete!

What Is Efflorescence, & How Is It Caused?

Basically it is caused by water soluble salts contained in either the mortar, or the bricks.

When any water in the wall (that has dissolved the salts) comes to the surface of these building materials the water evaporates, leaving the salts on the surface.

Although the salts sometimes come from the bricks, more commonly they originate from the mortar.

Although some efflorescence may be as a result of the initial construction water; walls that are regularly wetted can have more persistent  issues, for instance:

  • Uncapped garden walls.
  • Retaining walls.
  • Walls exposed to driving rain.

Efflorescence is more prevalent on South and East facing walls as these are colder so the moisture gets to the face of the wall. North and West facing walls are generally warmer so the water evaporates before it reaches the surface leaving the salts inside the walls.

What Can Be Done To Prevent Efflorescence?

There are several things that can be done to minimise efflorescence including:

  • Overall design to keep water out of the wall structure.
  • Specifying Mortar Joints to keep water off the wall.
  • Protecting bricks from weather before they are laid
  • Specifying low alkali cement.
  • Specifying Washed Sand
  • Using a mortar admixture to minimise the water cement ratio.

Dealing With An Existing Problem

Probably the first step when dealing with an existing problem is ensuring the wall can be kept dry.

As long as there is a path for water to get to the surface it will be very hard to deal to achieve a permanent solution as water will continue to evaporate on the surface bring out fresh salts.

When removing the actual efflorescence its best to try a stiff brush first.

If this doesn’t work you can try hand washing again using a stiff brush. (Although it is tempting to wash the soluble salts off with a pressure washer the water can penetrate into the wall and then as the brickwork dries bring further salts to the service)

The final suggestion is to use a special chemical efflorescence removal chemical. (These tend to be acid based and need to be used exactly as the manufacturers recommend)


See Bricks for more posts


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Why I Won’t Be Buying Anti-Bacterial Paint

anti bacterial paint

Or Any Other Home Anti-Bacterial Products!

The other night on the television I saw (at least 5 times) an advert for anti-bacterial paint.

Here are five reasons why I think this is marketing hype, and I won’t be buying it:

Personal Experience

It might have been the ‘Good Old Days’ but my children, my wife and I have all reached adulthood in good health without these ‘Wonder Products’.

Increasing Allergies

Since these products became common in the Western World the rate of allergies has boomed. . . . Coincidence? . . . Some people don’t think so!

One of the suspects  of the allergy boom is that reduced exposure to infections in early childhood can lead to an increased risk of allergy in later life.

Whats Wrong with Soap and Water

Various studies including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have failed to show there is no real advantage in these sort of products for everyday products.

The Risks of Anti-Bacterial Products

 One of the most common antibacterial products is the chemical Triclosan. Studies have found that this can get into the environment which isn’t a good idea as it can harm plants and animals.

If it can harm animals what is it going to do to me long term?

Are We Creating Super Bugs?

Its interesting that Hospitals, the most enthusiastic users of Anti-Bacterial Products, seem to frequently have problems with so called Super Bugs like Golden Staph.


In case you are thinking I am coming over all ‘New Age’ I can tell you I am an enthusiastic supporter of immunisation, and anti-bacterial products in the right place. (e.g. Chlorine in public drinking water supplies has been proven to be a major health benefit)


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50 Sheds of Grey?

As a bloke are you feeling left out if your wife has read 50 Shades of Grey?

When you move into your new house will you get back to blokey stuff at the bottom of the garden?

Perhaps you need to find out about . . . .

50 sheds

An exerpt:

“I want it now against this wall!” she ordered,

“And keep it up as long as possible.” 

“Don’t worry,” I said,

“I know how to put up a shelf.”


For more visit 50 Shades of Grey on Twitter.



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