Low user brassed off
Well done highlighting the problem with council’s introduction of water meters in regard to complex properties.
As a resident in such a property — a cross lease block of three units — I have corresponded with the manager of water services highlighting my concern in having to share my water usage payments.
I face the issue of being a low usage individual who is going to be subsidising my selfadmitted ‘water hog’ neighbours that occupy one of the units (a couple with two incomes, a large amount of garden with watering system, two cars that get washed every week, etc.).
The usual stock answers/ solutions are given ie: pay for expensive plumbing work and that council can’t read individual meters . . .
According to the information included with the mock bills, my share of the bill means I am considered in the high usage group as an individual when I know I am an extremely low user.
At the current usage I will be paying not much less than the current water rate. To say that I’m brassed off about the whole thing is an understatement.
Council say they will be reviewing and analysing the system after a year to determine if they think it is fair.
I’d be interested to know if they actually mean to contact affected residents and ask their opinions and experiences or if they will just look at numbers and in a rather childish way determine that everyone is ‘better off’.
PHIL DALZIEL Te Awamutu