Mo­ti­va­tion to save

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

Welling­ton is re­strict­ing the use of wa­ter and more strin­gent re­stric­tions are ex­pected.

Mean­while in the Kapiti Coast dis­trict there are no re­stric­tions, nor are any ex­pected. A ma­jor fac­tor is the in­stal­la­tion of wa­ter me­ters in Kapiti that have pro­duced a re­duc­tion of 26 per cent in wa­ter us­age.

Kapiti house­holds pay a fixed charge for wa­ter plus a vari­able us­age charge. This mo­ti­vates house­hold­ers to be­come con­ser­va­tion-minded about wa­ter.

The wa­ter me­ters also pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about wa­ter wastage due to leaks in the wa­ter sys­tem and where these leaks are oc­cur­ring so that they can be promptly re­paired.

The more ef­fi­cient use of wa­ter may mean that ex­pen­sive con­struc­tion of a dam to col­lect wa­ter could be de­ferred in­def­i­nitely, sav­ing costs to ratepay­ers and re­duc­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

Welling­ton would do well to take a leaf out of Kapiti’s book when it comes to wa­ter man­age­ment. PRYOR ROW­LAND Waikanae

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