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Post by Chilli-head on 14th November 2018, 2:31 pm

So hot on the heels of the news that hydro power is not as sustainable as we had hoped, it seems that building dams doesn't seem to solve water shortages either - I hope you can view this page from the IET (tell me if you can't):

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The argument seems to be the principle that things are valued according to how plentiful they are; make water more available and people will conserve it less, getting you quickly back to square 1, needing an even bigger dam. Somehow, using less seems to be a very difficult solution to sell to people.
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Post by freebird on 15th November 2018, 8:09 am

Ah, how interesting. Haven't looked at the link yet, but your comment about people using more of something because it appears to be plentiful - I nearly put something similar on the hydropower/sustainable energy thread. LED lighting seems to good illustration. With LEDs being so much cheaper to run than anything that has come before, you might think people would rejoice in lower energy bills; but no, instead we see lights inset into concrete driveways, or pointlessly lighting the brickwork of an unremarkable house. As a species, no matter what efficiencies are presented to us, we seem to be hell bent on using everything to excess.

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Post by Ploshkin on 15th November 2018, 9:44 pm

Probably the only way to encourage people to use less is for the thing to be metred. You get a sensible basic amount at a reasonable rate, then the more you use the more expensive per unit it becomes. I think the metering is happening now for all new water installations (it certainly is in Wales) - we are going on to mains water and we have to have a meter.

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