Cardew wrote: »
I really wish people would find out how water charges/profit margins work before spouting nonsense about water companies after extra profit by this scam or that scam.
I have little time for the water companies or indeed water privatisation itself; and indeed if they were allowed to make additional profits they would not hesitate for a moment before hitting us with extra charges.
As stated frequently on this forum, as the water companies have a monopoly in their area, their charges and profit are controlled by the Regulator - Ofwat.
So it doesn't matter to the water companies(in terms of profit) if everyone is on a meter or nobody on a meter. They are still authorised to raise £x million in charges and make £y million profit.
The reason why compulsory metering is being introduced is to reduce the amount of water used. This means less water and sewerage to treat and hence less treatment plants required. In areas of real shortage water has to be obtained from other districts - at great expense.
Paulgonnabedebtfree wrote: »
OK so they want to restrict usage and the profit issue is not relevant.
However, if they were really so intent on restricting usage, they could have metered my flat. Apparently they will fit up to two meters in a dwelling in order to isolate the supply to meter it. Mine would have taken three meters.
Maybe profit isn't the main motivator but that leaves me a bit puzzled. I do wonder if they would have fitted the meters if I had offered to pay for the extra one.
I'm genuinely trying to think of a reason that makes sense now that the financial one has been shown to be a straw man.
interestseeker wrote: »
I live in a three bedroom house on my own but have no desire to have a water meter. What I would like very much is a choice of water supplier as I have with all the other utilities. I live in the area of Sutton Water and Thames Sewerage. I am allowed to own shares in Northumbrian Water but not to choose them or anyone else as my service provider. So Sutton Water and Thames hold a monopoly over me. Why should this be?
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