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Water meters costly and unnecessary says KWAG
23 April
Kapiti Water Action Group (KWAG) say no to water meters

The Kapiti Coast District Council should drop its single-minded obsession with water meters and look at other ways to reduce water demand, says the Kapiti Water Action Group (KWAG).
"There appears to have been little effort to consider other options to metering. The council has simply gone out looking for evidence that supports a user-pays system. Other data has been ignored," says KWAG spokesperson Tina McIvor.
"There are huge differences in water use in different areas of the coast. Rather than trying to apply models from elsewhere, the council should be looking at why water use is low in parts of the coast and encourage the other areas to adopt this behaviour," says Ms McIvor.
"We don't need to be spending $8 million plus on-going costs while billing people for water as ratepayers already struggle to make ends meet. It's unfair and unsustainable."
Many ratepayers remain unconvinced by the case for water meters which seems to be based on anecdotal research.
"Meters do not equate to water conservation. Studies in psychology raise serious doubts as to the effectiveness of financial incentives to promote changes in behaviour. One of the issues is the observation that individuals may modify their behaviour in the short term in reaction to price changes, but in the longer term revert to their old habits. This is called adaption level theory. Non-pricing measures like education, leakage reduction, and subsidies to adopt more efficient water appliances are far more effective."
Ms McIvor says KWAG encourages locals to make submissions to the council on water meters and charging this week. Submissions close on Thursday, April 28th.

 
Comments
Wally (added 329 weeks ago)
Putting meters in to control the use of water is like putting lines on prohibition lines on the map of Raumati South coastal homeowners map to stop houses fallinginto the sea. How can anybody believe this mindless council an any matters whatsoever.
Barry (added 341 weeks ago)
When water meters are in the consumption will come down, the fixed cost will remain the same, therefore the council will have to put the water rate up to balance the books. The more you save the greater the cost
Barry (added 341 weeks ago)
When water meters are in the consumption will come down, the fixed cost will remain the same, therefore the council will have to put the water rate up to balance the books. The more you save the greater the cost
Fred (added 342 weeks ago)
It will not be the council that pays for the meters. They will put the cost on the water. The only sensible way forward is to have a referendum on the matter.
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