Originally Posted by Seve OB
Wait till you hear them scream and shout when we run out of water. You know.. the ones who gave out about the water meters in the first place. They will be giving out that everyone is using to much water.
The only true way to make people limit the amount of water they use is to meter them and make them pay for what they use. I know we have leaks to fix and all, but really to conserve water properly, not only do leaks need to be fixed but peoples habits need to be changed.
I don't care about running the tap when I brush my teeth, or taking extra long showers or conserving water.
But meter my usage and my habits will change overnight.
You whinge about people whinging and then say that you won't bother conserving water until you are charged for it? That's a very irresponsible attitude.
I don't agree with additional
water charges for a number of reasons, but we won't have that discussion here. What I will say is that I am very conscious of our water use and encourage my kids to be the same. Water is not left on when teeth are brushed, or hands are washed. Showers are kept short and baths are not brimming.
I have a pond. When evacuating the filters (fortnightly in the summer), it uses about 600 litres of water. But that water is used to irrigate our plants and vegetables.....some of which we had for dinner yesterday.
What we primarily need is a change of attitude. Sadly I have to agree that most people won't change their attitude until they are charged for water. The biggest abusers still won't pay, or will be given grants, so it will be mostly average and responsible users who will be left to pay the bill.
We also really need the pipes fixed. The real reason IW are lowering water pressure at night has nothing to do with consumer use. The higher the pressure, the more leakage we have. IW cost a billion....that would have fixed a lot of pipes!