Australia is in a drastic situation due to a drought that has been causing severe water shortages. The Australian government has decided to take action against home owners and their toilets to increase water supplies; you flush, you pay.
HOUSEHOLDERS would be charged for each flush under a radical new toilet tax designed to help beat the drought.
The scheme would replace the current system, which sees sewage charges based on a home’s value - not its waste water output.
CSIRO Policy and Economic Research Unit member Jim McColl and Adelaide University Water Management Professor Mike Young plan to promote the move to state and federal politicians and experts across the country.
“Some people may go as far as not flushing their toilet as often because the less sewage you produce, the less sewage rate you pay.”
Professor Young said sewer pricing needed to be addressed as part of the response to the water crisis.
“People have been frightened to talk about sewage because it is yucky stuff, but it is critically important to address it, as part of the whole water cycle,” he said.
“We are looking at reforming the way sewage is priced and this plan will drive interest in the different ways water is used throughout Australia.”
Professor Young said “a sewage pricing plan, like the one proposed, was already used in the US.”
“In places like the City of Bellaire, Texas (a virtual suburb of Houston), they do it and the system seems to work,” he said.
“As nearly all of (the homes in) mainland Australia’s cities and towns already have water meters, introduction of a volumetric charge, such as that used in the City of Bellaire, would not be difficult to implement.”
The reform would see the abolition of the property-based charge with one based on a pay-as-you-go rate and a small fixed annual fee to cover the cost of meter readings and pipeline maintenance, Professor Young said.
The pay-as-you-go rate would provide financial savings for those who reduce their waste water output.
Other considerations for saving the crapper are dry toilets & low water-use toilets; both types are expensive. There’s always the old the Australian Dunny!
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Waste water officials who originally had hoped to reduce flows into the sewers now say they’re concerned that the new toilets may reduce flows too much. They’re worried that without enough liquids in sewer lines, solids will settle into the lines, causing corrosion, odor and even sewage backups.
The new toilets use 1.6 gallons of water per flush, compared with 3.5 gallons in older toilets.
Well, it seems you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. I am fortunate, I have a well, and as long as my well does not go dry, I can flush, flush and flush. However, to do my part for the environment on the land I occupy, I am going to put in 3 new low flush toilets. I have plastic fill lines and I use bacterial formulations to enhance my septic tank performance. How about you?