Is today’s front page story another attempt by the Government to tax us more ? UK homeowners (with or without meters) already pay more for water than Continentals. UK water use if wasteful. About 90% of domestic water flushes toilets and washes; ourselves, clothes and dishes. Fortunately the washing machine makers have reduced their water consumption. This leaves the loo. Why do we need 10L to flush the toilet when others manage with 5 or less ? Before we spend an estimated £8bn on fitting water meters, investing a fraction of that on more efficient loo’s would actually reduce water consumption. This year every household could be issued with a water saving kit, cost £5, which put in the cistern reduces flush volume but not effectiveness. Could Robin McKie perhaps follow this up to discuss the cause of high (anything) consumption ? After all all UK houses have electric (and many gas) meters. These have not reduced energy consumption, since our 23million dwellings leak energy like sieves.
Getting energy efficiency to match those in Germany (Passiv Haus) or Canada (R2000) standards, would dramatically reduce fossil fuel use and carbon emissions, and so help to maintain the UK’s present rain fall, so no rivers run dry in 2050 ?
Prof. Lewis Lesley
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