The high cost of using less water
Peel Region treasurer Dan Labrecque estimates his region has lost $7 million to so-called "revenue or billable flows shortfall." The need to make up for that lost money accounts for nearly half of Peel's proposed 16 per cent water rate hike (expected to be phased in at 12.5 per cent).
We have similar issues here in the Owen Sound
In a report on the capital and operating budget update, the bag tag revenue is down 125 thousand dollars. (2006 numbers)
So municipalities jack the price of services, to reduce consumption; the public responds by reducing consumption; but costs go up.
So it costs me $2 a bag for garbage, and I usually have one bag per week. So $8 a month
Now I got real diligent about composting, and knew what to do with kitty litter (I have 5 cats) I could reduce that to half a bag a week. which then becomes $4 a month.
But because they are getting less $ from me they put the price of the bag tags up and I'm back to paying $8.00 a month.
So should I make the effort and cause myself lots of extra work (and possible driving around to the compost heap etc - add car based pollutants to the environment) or keep what I'm doing?
I will jump through hoops, to save money, but don't punish me for doing so.
[this is about the economics, not the moral and ethical obligation to be greener I do get that]