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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Australian Householders to Be Charged for Each Flush of Toilet

HOUSEHOLDERS in Australia 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. 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. A sewage pricing plan, like the one proposed, was already used in the US, like the City of Bellaire, Texas (a virtual suburb of Houston). 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. 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. There would be foul smell around Australian homes soon!! VIA

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