An oxy­moron?

Kapiti News - - Letters To The Editor -

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?


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