Meters will hike water charges

Last updated 10:09 15/11/2012

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Gerry Cole believes 25 per cent of Kapiti's water is lost to leaks (Water leak loss will prove 'staggering', November 8).

In which case, there is no point at all instituting the user pays system the council plans. Fixing the leaks would result in a greater decrease in water use than the 15 per cent reduction expected from the proposed charging regime.

Mr Cole's claim may well be correct. We have limited information as to where Kapiti's water goes - a BRANZ report from 2007 reported Kapiti's average household water use as just over 200 litres per person per day. This is hugely lower than the rough estimates given by our local council which are based, not by measuring actual use, but on the amount of water entering the system.

Nobody really knows where it ends up. Unfortunately, if the user-pays scheme goes ahead, and the leaks Mr Cole refers to are fixed, proposed prices per litre will need to be increased. Under a user-pays scheme, every reduction in total water use requires a price hike to cover the fixed costs of the infrastructure.

Sam Buchanan

Paekakariki

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