I had an open-hose experience, where the irrigation lines at my home were not blown in the fall and the water in the pipes froze over the winter. I had recently moved into the house and wasn’t aware of the winterization regime. By early summer, I turned on the sprinkler system and my water bill in June was $3,000 dollars.
Here is a cost breakdown .
3000 dollars equates to 243 m3 of water in 90 days. That’s roughly 3m3 per day per person. The average water use for me in 2015 was .50m3 pdpp. I was using 6L rather than 1.
The City of Toronto did not have an alarm system in place to prevent excessive use.
Future generations will look back at the inaction of utilities and how finite resources were managed by government.
Would a water bottling company ever allow waste of profitable goods? The value system of a typical corporation is profit, which often leads to innovation and lean systems.
In contrast, the government manages budgets and deficits. It should have been someone’s job at the city to provide a notice on my use on day 2 or 3, not day 90. Was anyone held accountable? Was a meeting held to discuss my issue and how it could be prevented in the future? It’s the value system we need to change.
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