As I said, the engineer at Development services for the city looked at the configuration and said I wouldn’t be able to just do a water meter split.
@adjusterjack thank you for your input. I will say this was my first house purchase and I didn’t know everything I was doing. I had a Redfin agent who, looking back, was not very good but at the time I felt rushed because I had already backed out of another deal which wasted 3 weeks of my time and I was being forced out of my old apartment because the building was being sold.
Very little attention was given to the fact that this was condo and part of a “condo association” even though there is no HOA. During the final walk-through of the house the owner did mention “the water is shared” and it did put red flags off in my head but as I said I was in a bind and just thought I would figure it out later.
So the water bill hovers around $360-400+ every two months which comes out to about $180-200 a month. Both houses use 300-350 gallons per day according to the bill. They say the average person uses 80-100 gallon a day which is why I thought my argument to pay 1/3 is fair.
I’m looking into the process of installing a separate water line so we’ll see where things go from there. Thanks for your input.