Posted by Butterbox on April 25, 2012 at 09:28:06:
In Reply to: Why water meters are important . . . posted by Leakage on April 24, 2012 at 16:20:26:
The problem here is intent. If the purpose of metering were to conserve water, then the government would be happy if it made no money from this exercise, as that would mean everyone had drastically reduced their water useage. However, the real intent is revenue generation. So, if everone reduces their consumption the government will increase the standing charge instead in order to keep the same revenue. As this happens, the percentage of the cost to the household related to actual useage decreases and so does the incentive to conserve. Arguments that conservation will be a by-product of revenue generation are wrong in the long-term.
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