Saturday, October 19, 2013


Hamilton City has joined the ranks of local authorities to introduce "water meters" and now the predictable whine commences.

One of the primary drivers of metering water supply, is to bring volume usage to the minds of consumers.

We have lived our entire married life on  rain water for domestic supply apart from the nearly three years we lived in the old Akaroa Borough area.  Storage has been variable but we have always been very conscious of the supply being finite particularly in summer when usage tends to rise and replenishment is limited.

This results in a mindset very different to many of our visitors particularly when they live in a place with abundant  supplies such as Christchurch.
We were often horrified when friends of our children came to stay.

A shower longer than ten minutes is indulgent.
Cleaning teeth does not require running water throughout, a splash at the start then run tap at rinsing.
Full loads for clothes and dish washing.
Insinkerators are very water intensive, a compost bin cheap and easy.
Vegetables can be prepared in a sink of water, under a running tap - unnecessary.
Half flush options on toilet cisterns.
Watering a concrete path is unproductive.
Washing cars and especially boats does not need to be done hourly.
Washing a weatherboard house programmed for a time when demand is low.
Watering lawns in summer is very water intensive.
Mulching gardens reduces watering with weed control as a bonus.

In essence whingers and moaners, instead of talking up potential costs to households, perhaps a bit of thought in ways to use the water resource efficiently might just be a best practice.
Of course that is boring, self reliant, sensible, practicable and cheaper, so no headlines then, Muppets.


Anonymous said...

Who waters their lawns?

I too live on rainwater. The best part is when you get to the time of year when you can carelessly have a long shower.

Couple of other tips - if you have an older toilet without a dual flush, fill a two litre milk bottle with water and drop it in the cistern.

And drain your washing machine into a 44 gallon drum, then gravity feed into whatever part of the garden you want to water.

And when you're getting real short of water, bucket from the bath into the toilet cistern.

Noel said...

Surely the reason for a water meter is to measure the amount used to charge for the service.
If the motive you claim is correct then everyone regardless of their meter reading would be paying the same as happens without a meter.

gravedodger said...

Noel it concentrates the mind.
It aint free you know.
Many LAs have a base uncharged quantity then charge for excess to promote savings.
My free water cost about 10k for infrastructure of tanks pipes and a lift pump, a hand dug 400 meter, 500mm deep trench plus a small amount of night rate power annually to lift it to the second tank for additional storage and pressure.

Watcher said...

"Many LAs have a base uncharged quantity"

No. You have already paid for that portion in your rates.