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Steve Shaw BS: Ecoloon or Green Hero (92* d) RE: BS: Ecoloon or Green Hero 27 Apr 19

Sorry, I hadn't finished that! Here's the whole thing.

Charging households for water on a metered basis is unconscionable when a fifth of all water leaks away before it gets near our homes, and some companies are worse than others, which makes metering even less fair. We should all pay for the water supply infrastructure: that could be on the same basis as paying income tax or council tax, blunt instruments though they be. Water isn't like gas or oil which has to be hard won from the ground then expensively refined. It's an infinite resource with a very low intrinsic monetary value. The only conceivable justification for metering is to prevent waste, but then extremely water-wasteful industries (which is most of them), including some aspects of agriculture, get away with very cheap water with little incentive to limit their profligacy (find out how much water it takes to make one car or one pint of beer...), then there's that leakage... Metering homes means that the people who use the least water, householders, are the people who, pro rata, pay most for it. I'm opposed. And I won't have a meter.

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