Nice rant Ivan, but don't try to solve the worlds problems all at once. It takes until 2:00 am on a sunday morning after a family bar-b-que with the assistance of huge amounts of alcohol to do that.
The easiest solution seems to be metering. Perhaps a voluntary annual charge for metering for people who intend to take the advice offered in an attempt to reduce wastage. Or a levy to pay off the cost of the meter over ten years (it's not like were going to switch supplier after all), say £20.00 per year giving the estimated £200.00 cost that ministers are talking about.
Alternatively you could introduce a credit scheme for households who adopt effective water management a regular inspection or audit could be set as a nominal charge for anyone who wishes to subscribe to this option (where the subscription would be refundable for successful applicants) and the score obtained would establish a percentage discount level of the set charge (as set by rateable value).
As yet the water service have taken the see no evil, hear no evil approach to my suggestions (they acknowledge that they've recieved them but do not wish to be drawn into a discussion regarding them).
A good idea but with some shortcomings. What would the criteria be? This could involve significant cost since there may be a major outcry to get the public housing stock updated so that they can get maximum discounts (and I can see a very strong line of argument for that). Also pensioners may not be able to afford any necessary modifications - although maybe age concern could help out.
Sorry, it's a wonderful left wing argument that says 'without these basic services I will probably die in my 30s, I can't afford to pay the economic cost, perhaps those better off than me can help?' (or 'from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs').
I'm glad I live in a country where we redistribute wealth to some degree so that people can be treated in hospital when they need to and have access to clean drinking water.
You will be forcing your children, and your childrens' children ad infinitum, to drink and bathe in water that may be exposed to asbestos minerals and fibres.
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