Mayor Gurunathan tells us that because water has been better conserved, the council has less money for water operational costs, and therefore water rates will rise.
The mayor tries to brush this aside by inappropriately using a figure of speech, “oxymoron”, to describe what is clearly just another example of poor council planning.
There were three reasons for installing water meters in Ka¯piti: to encourage water conservation by individual households; to create a more equitable user-pay billing system; to improve water management (water loss, infrastructure costs etc.)
Perhaps the council did not expect to achieve the first goal?
They certainly did not achieve the third goal. Did they not factor in the cost of installing and maintaining meters? Or did they not research the process thoroughly enough?
Or did they just not think?
The community, which did achieve their goal of water reduction, is now to be punished. Rather than try to play with the word oxymoron, the mayor might do better to reflect on the word moron. How about installing a meter for council planning?
JULIE LEIBRICH RAUMATI SOUTH