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  • Congratulation with the house, but:

    * We are now on a water meter, which is going to suck big time in the summer when we water the garden.

    And what is the problem with this? Is it fair to squirt expensive drinking water all over you garden? Gas and electric aren't flat rated why should water be? All three are expensive to deliver and the normal principle of "if you use more you should pay more" should apply.

    A water butt collecting run-off water should give you quite a few extra litres to help you thr

    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
    • by TeeJay (2309) on 2006.11.27 9:14 (#51922) Homepage Journal
      Well we don't water the lawn or most of the beds, and it's not very often.. more importantly the impact of domestic water use is pretty tiny - especially here in Cornwall.

      Although water is limited elsewhere, we haven't had a drought here in my lifetime and have a surplas, and unlike other things - we can't make productive use of the surplas.

      For added irony - there was dirt in the water here recently and our water company advised us to 'run the taps for a couple of hours', which is probably equivilent to a month or two's watering and the regularity of these problems, as well as SWW leaky pipes means that moderate domestic use of water for gardens is lost in the noise.

      So my water use has zero impact on the planet, and if I could have 'garden grade' water at a discount I'd be happy to pay for it.

      As it is we'll have no choice to pay for it - so I *will* be getting a water butt. Previously we used hardly any water (efficient washing machine, not running taps, showers not baths) and got no discount for it.

      Unfortunately when you have a water meter, you pay the price of everybody elses abuse, so we'll get higher bills despite using less water than any of our neighbours, and because we live in cornwall our water bill is already up to twice what you would pay elsewhere in the UK.

      I think it's fair to say that sucks.

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      • I can't agree more that the problem with water metering is that it's not universal...!

        I also agree that the water companies are pretty useless and waste more water than all their customers.

        However, that doesn't mean you can't do your bit - which you are.

        Our house stands on river gravel so the garden doesn't need watering at all, but most of the village is on chalk. The local river is at record lows, there has been no water at the source for the past four years!
        -- "It's not magic, it's work..."