How should we describe the optimal level of water conservation?

6 months ago
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Our optimal level of water conservation is formally referred to as our Economic Level of Water Conservation (ELWC). 

We are interested in your views on 'what is the ELWC'.

Our proposed definition is:

The Economic Level of Water Conservation is the level of water conservation achieved when the additional social benefits from water conservation activities are equal to their additional social costs, seeking to maximise net social and environmental benefits.

In other words, the benefits of water conservation projects should at least equal the costs when assessed from a 'whole of society' perspective.

Could we describe the ELWC in a more meaningful way to you?

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  • gus about 1 year ago
    well put easy description (for me),but, maybe a better education program could be beneficial with a small range of working examples from simple (tap flow reduction) to more complex (rainwater harvesting and reticulation) so those not yet environmentally oriented understand the benefits as well, gus lloyd
  • daniel endicott over 1 year ago
    Water conservation relies on user pays: If the connection fee/service charge was removed from our water bills and you only paid per litre of water you acually used it would be a huge water efficiency measure. People would save water because it would be more expensive per litre. So the average person would pay the same to hunter water per year. But those wasting/using more water would pay more, and those using less would pay more. There is next to no incentive to save water (except for being a good citizen that doesn't want more dams or desal plants built) with it being so cheap as it is per litre at the moment. When is HUnter water going to implement this "User pays" water efficiency measures?
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    • Admin Commented EmmaT_Hunter Water over 1 year ago
      The average household water bill has two components: a) The fixed charge, which is about 60% of the average bill, and includes the wastewater and water service charges; and b) the variable charge, which is the actual water usage, and represents about 40% of the average bill. When looking at only the water part of the bill, about 10% is fixed. Most (90%) is variable, based on actual water usage. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) sets and regularly reviews our prices. We will propose new prices in mid-2019 to apply from 1 July 2020, after a whole community engagement process to understand our customers’ views and preferences on the balance between fixed and variable water charges. These processes will be taking place throughout this year.
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      • Rick over 1 year ago
        Almost 50% of households only have a one part bill because tenants and non owner occupiers can not have a Customer Contract. Time has come to treat your product just like almost every other household service.How can we make that change happen?
  • Andrew over 1 year ago
    better water for New South Wales