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Scrap compulsory Water Metering

1 Comment 1st July 2010

Please repeal the regulations which prevent removal of water meters once they are installed.

Why does this matter?

The current situation is grossly unfair. Neighbours can get bills hundreds of pounds different annually: one (metered) can be frugal yet pay much more, while another (rated, not metered) constantly sprinkles lawns, washes cars, fills paddling-pools – and pays much less.

It is an affront to personal freedom. How can it be fair that I am not permitted to remove a water meter, when my neighbour doesn't have one?

By all means encourage saving water. But compulsorily metering some people puts an a larger burden on them to make savings. 

It could also be a public health issue. Poorer (but metered) people may skimp on washing, toilet-flushing etc. Elderly people, or anyone, might risk dehydration by being too worried about the cost to take a drink. Metering also discourages washing-out recycled bottles etc.

People should be allowed the freedom to choose. True freedom – not only when their choice matches what Water Companies want them to choose!

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One Response to Scrap compulsory Water Metering

  1. Dave Rado says:

    It’s and APPALLINGLY bad idea. The obvious solution to the fairness issue you describe is that water metering should be compulsory for all. When there is an extreme drought and the likelihood that in the future the situation will get much worse than it is now, to scrap one of the few policies that actually effectively reduce water usage would be criminal.

    Regarding the large families problem, tariffs could be based on the number of occupants of a household, which would solve that problem.

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