If you’re living in a detached property in Richmond and you have not switched over from a flat fee utilities tax to a metered system, I strongly suggest you call Richmond city hall and get on it. Chances are unless you have a very large family and use a ton of water, it will save you some good money each year. It cut my water bill in half for our home. Keep in mind that there are a number of condo complexes in Richmond that have also moved to a metered system and add the metered water bill monthly to your strata fees. So instead of getting that annual water tax bill for $700 or $800 you pay it monthly built into you maintenance fees. So make sure your Realtor is asking questions regarding the maintenance fees. People sometimes assume a high maintenance fee is a sign of trouble when in fact $50 or $60 each month could be going to the water tax each month and avoiding the annual bill that the City of Richmond mails you in the Spring each year.