Southern Water metering boss open to question

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Would you like to quiz key figures in the county?

Are there questions you would love to get the answers to?

We are giving you the chance to put questions to leading figures, politicians and business people across Sussex as part of our feature called Your Interview.

We have already featured Albion chief executive Paul Barber, Brighton Pavilion Green MP Caroline Lucas and Brighton businessman Mike Holland among others.

We are now asking our readers to send in their questions for Darren Bentham, director of Metering at Southern Water.

The firm have recently announced plans to install nearly 75,000 water meters at properties across Brighton and Hove over the next year.

This is your chance to put Mr. Bentham in the hot seat.

Email your questions to ben.leo@theargus.co.uk or call 01273 544682

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1:30pm Fri 23 Nov 12

DrJetty says...

When the water meters are all installed, I'm sure we will all be extra careful with the way we use water. This looks the way to go as we will save money and water, the water company will mostly have plenty of water to constantly supply us in their reservoirs. I don't actually see it that way though; usage and revenue will go down, company profit will go down, investment and maintenance will go down.......So you've guessed it, price per unit/gallon will eventually go up to maintain profit and growth in the private company. Since the electricity/gas/wate
r companies were sold off we seemed to have a choice and paid less for a short time, good marketing I think. It's too late now for our utilities, they are not ours anymore they are in private hands, we will by law have to pay what they ask or be cut off.
When the water meters are all installed, I'm sure we will all be extra careful with the way we use water. This looks the way to go as we will save money and water, the water company will mostly have plenty of water to constantly supply us in their reservoirs. I don't actually see it that way though; usage and revenue will go down, company profit will go down, investment and maintenance will go down.......So you've guessed it, price per unit/gallon will eventually go up to maintain profit and growth in the private company. Since the electricity/gas/wate r companies were sold off we seemed to have a choice and paid less for a short time, good marketing I think. It's too late now for our utilities, they are not ours anymore they are in private hands, we will by law have to pay what they ask or be cut off. DrJetty
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