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Tiers of joy


Statements made by your correspondent Meter illogical in the 23 March issue are utter nonsense!

We have had water metering in Malta for over a century without any 'greater health risks'. As well as allowing the water authorities to charge consumers fairly, metering has enabled a tiered charging system.

Rates are in tiers based on established figures of consumption applied per resident in each household.

Consumption falling within the first tier is charged at the base rate. If the established figure is exceeded the consumer falls into the next tier and is charged at a higher rate and so on.

This system has proven highly effective in encouraging conservation and responsible use. Water companies would do well to examine Malta's model.

Damian Vella Lenicker, architect and civil engineer, Malta, dvl@maltanet. net

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