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19 Mar 2008 00:00 by sandra Star rating in . 810 posts Send private message

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When an estate agents brochure states a property has a water deposit, what exactly does this mean?







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19 Mar 2008 22:18 by nesbeth Star rating. 14 posts Send private message

It certainly is not a swimming pool, sometimes the agent's like to tell you that.


 It is a very large container for water.



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19 Mar 2008 22:35 by sandra Star rating in . 810 posts Send private message

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Thanks Wendy,

I had guessed it wasn't a swimming pool as the properties already had them and  they  were mentioned in the brochures.

How large is the 'container'?   I have seen them mentioned in brochures for both apartment blocks and  individual properties so I suppose they will vary in size. Also, from your reply, I now presume they are man made and not a natural feature of the land on which the property is built.

Also, what is their purpose, e.g.. as a reserve in case of drought/water restrictions or a device for enabling a decent level of water pressure, or another use entirely?


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22 Mar 2008 12:54 by sandra Star rating in . 810 posts Send private message

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Sorry to bring this to the top again, but can anyone give me a comprehensive answer to my query?

I have 'Googled' for an answer but so far none of them  really answer my question.

Hoping for success on here possibly an estate agent would know.







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22 Mar 2008 13:43 by Marksfish Star rating in Vera, Almeria. 2572 posts Send private message

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Could it possibly be that you have your own supply of well water? Our urbanisation has an underwater deposit of water, mainly for topping up the swimming pools and the like. Could be a similar sort of thing?


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23 Mar 2008 14:27 by ayrez Star rating in La Marina Oasis. 377 posts Send private message

We have a water deposit as we live in the campo and are NOT on mains water. I would suspect that there is a strong possibilty that any house advertised with a deposit is not on mains either. It is possible that water was connected at a later date however. We had our deposit built/dug  for us when the house was built.and  it has a capacity of 10,000 litres which keeps us supplied with water for between one and two months depending on time of year - we use more in the summer for the garden and pool. When we run low we simply ring the local supplier and they deliver by tanker. It is more expensive than mains water, we pay 65 euros for 10,000 litres. Hope this is of help.


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24 Mar 2008 13:19 by charkir Star rating. 2 posts Send private message

I have a water deposit on my land of 4000 ltr3. i have mains water but in the campo it is very likely that you will lose mains water for several days a week in the summer, the water deposit still gives you a constant supply when this happens, unless it runs out of course!

A lot of people mention their water deposit as it is a good selling point, as to install one in a completed house is quite tricky.

Best thing is to get in writing that there is a legal mains supply to the property. If it hasnt got mains, then forget it, I had no mains water for two yrs and with two young kids it wasnt fun.

Hope this helps you out

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24 Mar 2008 22:07 by jane b Star rating in Bedar, Almeria. 222 posts Send private message

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If it turns out that the deposit is there because there is no mains water it needs to hold a minimum of 20,000 litres for worry-free living.  Most tankers deliver 10,000 litres and in summer they are very busy and may not come for two or three days - having a big deposit gives you a comfortable buffer.  We have 22,000 litres and never have a problem but our neighbours with 15,000 live on the edge in the height of the season.   It is more expensive than mains water but mains water prices are rising steeply and they have levels of consumption, with prices per cu metre rising as you go up, which means that if you are using it for a pool and for garden watering you pay a lot for it anyway.



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25 Mar 2008 07:55 by charkir Star rating. 2 posts Send private message

i do think if this house was on mains, it would say so, mentioning the mains and water deposit for a backup.  But best advice, to check, check and triple check everything before yoou commit, as most agents, not all, will not give you the full picture unless  you ask.

But at least now you hopefully have had the spanish definition of water deposit explained, and armed with this nugget of info, I wish you good luck.

Charkir  (with a horrible plastic water deposit!!!)

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25 Mar 2008 16:10 by ayrez Star rating in La Marina Oasis. 377 posts Send private message

Chakir is quite right about you needing to check about everything. If there is mains water they will have a meter and presumably bills to prove it. There is nothing stopping you asking to see proof if you are in any doubt.  We manage fine with a deposit but wish we had mains as it is still cheaper than a tanker. The problem we have is finding a plumber who can do the necessary paperwork. Still prefer to live here even with a water deposit!

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25 Mar 2008 17:20 by sandra Star rating in . 810 posts Send private message

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Thank you very much ayrez, charkir, jane b and Marksfish for your replies. I am overwhelmed by the number and the detailed information you have provided. I could not have got a better answer to my queries anywhere.

I now know exactly what questions to ask.

Thank you so very much to you all.  









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