Charge for water and sewage services on a per person basis

The current system of charging for water and sewage use through the rating system is unequitable.  Since everyone consumes water and the resultant effluent it should be charged on a personal basis rather than a household basis. 

 In addition all commercial premises should be be fitted with water meters and be charged on consumption rather than rateable value.  

The ideal would be to install water meters in all domestic properties and charge by consumption but I suspect it would be cost prohibitive  (Water meters could be installed  as a standard in all new housing stock though). Charging by consumption would encourage water saving as conditioned water is a precious resource.



Why the contribution is important

It would be a fairer system than charging per house and charging for consumption would encourage efficient water usage. Reducing consumption should lead to reduced costs.

by brandyiom on May 14, 2017 at 08:57PM

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  • Posted by DAYZEE May 14, 2017 at 21:15

    It would be fairer to have metered water for all domestic users but it would not save money. The cost of installation and then sorting out associated leaks would have to be recovered. The additional cost would more than outweigh any saving in production and delivery. Metered water is useful in countries who may have to restrict water use because of water supply shortages but luckily we have a plentiful supply.
  • Posted by dpfellows May 14, 2017 at 22:46

    The use of meters in the UK is reported to have reduced the use of water by 15-20%. This in itself could save money if our population grows at the rate currently being projected by this administration. A 15% reduction in use would save the need to invest in additional water and sewerage treatment capacity.
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