WaterMeterBill9


Intro
This is the paid version Android app, which checks your water meter bill. There are a number of additions (on the Meta Screen); the most important of which is the ability to save/restore bill data.
There are 4 Standing Charges: 1 for Supply and 3 for Waste. All of these are configurable, down to removal.
The WaterMeterBill8 page contains details about the free version.

Versions and Layouts
This app should work on all Android releases from 2.2 upwards.
Screens are now optimised for tablets, otherwise if the screen is getting too crowded; try the landscape layout.
En(£), en US ft³, CA/AU($) and EU(€) m³ layouts are catered for.
The default is €.
The configuration of the Standing Charges is designed to make the screens more universally useful.

Getting Started
  • This app always starts with the Meta Screen, because of the Save/Restore buttons. Once you have some viable bill data, save it for later retrieval - see Meta below - meanwhile...
  • See the Supply screen print on the right.
  • The process starts with your bill(s) in front of you for the correct input data. Transfer dates and readings to the supply screen.
  • Ignore the VAT(Sales Tax) value unless it is charged.
  • Check that number of days agrees with the bill; you may have to use the "inclusive" toggle.
  • Check the Split Date and the charges. Configure or remove the Standing Charge using the +/- Radio Button at the bottom.
  • If the bill is split you will need two sets of charges. Copy the [retained] charges from current year to the previous year and update the current charges. If you have no retained charges they should be available from the supplier.

Waste
  • See the Waste screen print on the right.
  • This is not usually read separately, it is a function of the Supply.
  •  Check that all inputs are correct, particularly the % Supply to Waste figure.
  • Some companies combine the standing charges; leave unused ones 0.0. The split date may be different to that of Supply.
  • The number of billing days must agree with the number on your bill.
  • Ignore the VAT value unless it is charged.
  • Configure or remove the Standing Charges using the +/- Radio Button at the bottom. These screens are shown below the Waste screen print.
  • The revealed spinners can configure charges, on a bill by bill basis.
  • The headings can be shortened or removed. The charge calculation can be one of 4 options, or removed completely.

Bill
  • See the Bill screen print on the right.
  • If there are tariff changes (split dates) then 2 columns are visible.
  • In the latter case days and volume are shown previous/current, i.e. "16/167" and 4.46/46.54m³ etc.
  • VAT(Sales Tax) is shown if applicable.
  • Net totals will appear where required (by the use of VAT).
  • Units/day and Cost/Unit are shown at three levels: total bill and Supply, Waste levels.
  • Configuration to the 4 Standing charges are reflected in the totals. So if some are removed, they will no longer appear here.

Meta
  • See the Meta screen print on the right.
  • Once you have a viable bill, press the Save button. This takes you to the Confirm screen, where you can alter the supplied headings to make the bill more memorable. [Details such as... bill total, inclusive or not, increased]. Confirm to save.
  • You can retrieve this bill any time, using the Restore button. This takes you to the Available Bills screen. Here you can press on the bill you want, Confirm it and then see it back in the main app.
  • You can Advance the bill by x months; use -x to retard the bill dates.
  • The same applies to the Increase water usage field, which is in %.
  • Use the "Expand to Year" button if you want to see this bill scaled up. Bear in mind that the costs are not updated for you.
  • Split dates can be altered here, also their values can be retained using the Retain button. Be aware that the year number may change, to suit the bill dates [UNLESS Retained].
  • The same is true of the Supply to Waste percentage and the VAT input fields. Although the latter may be invisible, if the "Remove from View" toggle is green.
  • VAT fields can only be removed from view IF they are Zero.
  • Allowance can be made for meter reading roll over. Just input the number of significant digits that the meter shows (normally 5). Please make sure that the number entered registers (and it is briefly displayed).

Confirm
  • See the Confirm screen on the right.
  • What you see are the basic details supplied by the app, when Saving. You should add whatever data you think is relevant, which will make the bill more memorable! You may end up with a number of bills and this is a way of distinguishing between them.
  • This is the same screen (with different data) for Confirming a Restore bill operation.
  • This is the same screen (with different data) for Editing a stored bill.
  • Press the confirm button to action whichever operation.

Available Bills
  • See the 2 Available Bills screens on the right.
  • You will be able to choose a bill here for Restoring - short press. Followed by the Confirm screen.
  • You can also Edit or Delete a bill here - long press. The Edit takes you to the Confirm screen. The Delete deletes IMMEDIATELY.
  • The screen on the right shows the menu option - to Delete All Bills. Use with extreme caution, there is NO Confirm screen!

Info
  • This screen is not shown because it contains the literal version of this help page.
  • Select whichever topic you want when you are off-line and cannot get to this website!


Supply /\
Waste /\
Charge Type /\
Charge Configuration /\
Bill /\
Meta /\
Confirm /\
Available / Edit /\
Available / Delete All /\
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