Ok, this is a good idea.
The call comes from the Government\’s Environment Agency under a policy that amounts to \’rationing by price\’.
The introduction of smart meters could see families charged more for water in the summer months in order to stop them filling up paddling pools or washing their cars.
The agency argues that a drastic reduction in water use is needed to conserve supplies and save the planet.
It claims that universal meters would cut average household water use by as much as 15 per cent.
Rationing by price. Yes, we know this system works. Excellent.
I\’d probably go a little further and adopt part of the Portuguese system. X per unit as a basic supply, X plus per unit for higher useage and X plus lots per unit for very heavy users. Basic supply being some estimate of what a household needs for cooking, washing etc.
But OK. However, this is stupid.
It also wants strict controls on how efficient appliances must be, which could lead to a ban on power showers.
If you\’re already rationing by price then you don\’t need to ban anything. You\’ve already solve your problem of resource allocation.