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    AR commented  · 

    A point of clarification. Metering is not the same as billing. The city could, in theory, meter water without charging for it. This would allow for a better understanding of what part(s) of the city are using how much, give a better sense of how much we're losing to leakage, and, with new smart meters, residents could see firsthand how much each water-using appliance uses.

    Once this information is better understood, then we can start to talk about the possibility of charging for the true cost of water. Like LB says, charges could be based on a volume-based increasing block rate (the opposite of a bulk discount) - this might get at some of the equity concerns expressed by Megan Adam and others. The first X number of litres per person could be free (enough to meet hygiene, cooking and cleaning needs), then the next X number of litres could cost a small amount, then the next X number would be even more. Those using less water may still pay nothing, but those using exorbitant amounts would pay more.

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