AS USUAL with the onset of summer we are being told to conserve water.
In the event of a power or gas failure, the population does without both and thus saves real money.
If we are denied full access to the water supply, shouldn’t the public be entitled to a rebate or reduced water bills?
Whether an organization is private or government controlled makes little difference.
The question of water supply requires careful solutions.
The measurement will work in the short term. But if every household installs meters, water use will go down and utility income will go down.
There was an example of this in the 1970s. After the Yom Kippur War, the price of oil quadrupled. At the same time, industrial action by miners drove up coal costs.
The new Labor government launched a massive energy saving campaign, urging the public to save energy. The nation committed and energy use dropped.
The following year, the nationalized energy companies reported a drop in income because the public used less energy.
The Callaghan government operated a wage and price policy. Despite this, the government allowed energy suppliers to raise their prices.
So the public reward was higher costs.
Likewise, after the 1976 drought, many proposals, including a national water network, were proposed but never implemented.
The water companies have to improve the infrastructure. In fairness, most of our sewage and water systems date back to the Victorian era and were not designed to handle the sheer volume of today or tomorrow.
Adequate investments must be made in the country’s water infrastructure.
Richard J. Szypulski
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20276454.the-countrys-water-infrastructure-needs-sorting-out/?ref=rss “The country’s water infrastructure needs to be sorted out”