Water Talkers

Waternet

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Chloe Booker
Chloe Booker | Mar 31, 2015 | in Water Aware Concepts

Switch from paper bills to the new online water account. Check your water consumption and itemised billing status as often as you like. Access latest water news, information on how your water consumption is affecting your energy bills, how much water different appliances use and get ‘tap tips’ on how to reduce consumption. Compare your usage with the average in your area and track it over time. There are fun games for kids too!

edited on Mar 31, 2015 by David Simoes-Brown

Gina LoBuglio Mar 31, 2015

Aha! Another favourite of mine! When I changed gas and electric suppliers a year or so ago, I found that having to provide my own meter readings online really woke me up to how much energy we were consuming as a household.

My questions around how this would work are practical - in order for this to be rolled out, can it work under existing infrastructure OR would the water companies have to change every household in the country over to water metering?

 

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

In principle this is great, but not all want to go online... not all have the internet... not all want meters.

This will only work for those who want to have a smart meter... and who want to be a participant. For those who do... it will create endless opportunities to save, to help budget as a family, and to enjoy as a family with the games.

So, what will help those who don't want to be participants to come over and join in?

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anita lewis Mar 31, 2015

I think I can envisage trying to get son to look at the site as an educational tool and will encourage him to try the games , as he enjoys playing computer games and wont realise at firstvthis is my way of keeping him off other games! Main downside will be for me -i don't usually have the time to spend on sthis type of thing.have only managed to keep up with this site recently due toa short term change in circumstances! Normally with fulltime work and busy kids I dont honestly think I can prioritise  an online water aaccount.i just want to pay the bill by direct debit and forget about it!

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

bambi... very practical, and very true.... time is precious, and each family and individual has to decide how best to spend that time.

 

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

With regards to games, I like the idea of wholesome computer games which kids will enjoy... children can easily find themselves playing computer games which are not suitable for them, they are violent or pornographic.

I would like to see a game that would be the following:

a) build positive messages.

b) not be boring

c) if played regularly and new levels reached, would help reduce the family water bill... children could feel like they are contributing to the family budget by playing this game.

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Louis Allen Mar 31, 2015

I think this is a great idea and would be effecient to use online

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John Bristow Mar 31, 2015

This is a better concept purely because it would make me think more about water usage.

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mark burns Apr 2, 2015

good idea and a lot more convenient, good that the kids can get involved in playing games too 

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George Richardson Apr 3, 2015

Still completely against on line bills for everyone for all reasons previously stated ,but everything else available as suggested for all that want to use it.

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Mary O'Connor Apr 4, 2015

This is a nice idea. I think that there should be another way for your bills to be reduced without having a water meter fitted. Maybe your bill could be reduced as a reward for you cutting back on your water usage.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

The water companies looking for the savings they will desperately need need. to use anything possible in their armoury i have said before the simplest ideas are most often the best,and what is simpler and easy to administrate than charging less the less you use. Hammy i bow to you cutting straight to the point.

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

Even for this cause i do not believe in encouraging  children to spend more time playing computer games;you would be surprised at the dropping level of social skills being presented at all levels in our schools ,and the massive drop in learning that can entail.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

Children will use computer games whether it is encouraged by this site or not... computer gaming is now a fact of life... for those of us who grew up without computer games, we can't understand it. But I would much rather encourage the use of computer games which teach, educate, inspire, which games on water saving and water awareness can and will do, rather than just play any old computer game.

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Mary O'Connor Apr 5, 2015

In fairness children don't really need encouraging to play computer games. However if there was some interactive thing for them to use on the computers at school about saving water that would be good. Even if it were possible to make the children aware of their water usage just at school that would be good for them to know. Maybe could also tie in teaching them to wash their hands!

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

Totally agree Hammy... teaching is the main key here when it comes to the computer games.. and could be at home as well as at school. If children play these games at home, could encourage their parents to play with them. I like the idea that they could actually win discounts for their parents water bill if they manage to play the games well!

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

You would be surprised how much they do use interactive media on a whole range of lessons,and if water saving and usage was on the curriculum all resources would be employed to ensure they got the most from the lesson. However teachers do not determine the curriculum,only how best to teach what is set,to deliver the best learning possible.

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Katie100 Apr 7, 2015

as per previous posts/comments - I'd be interested in this only if there was some sort of holiday-by -a-reservoir lottery I might win if I checked - I'm not interested in games personally, or anything to do with kids, but water info would be good - (even if that required me to get a meter). On the whole though - I like to have paper bills - and I can't imagine I'd want to pop into my water account all the time, call me a Luddite...

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Janet Bradley Apr 7, 2015

I'm a Luddite too on some things!

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Murray S Apr 8, 2015

For me there appears to be two entirely separate ideas here; an online platform for bill payers to monitor their water consumption, and a website/app that provides children with their computer gaming fix while also educating them about water awareness. Independently they are both great ideas, but I can not see why it would be desirable for them to live in the same place.

Re the computer game (how's 'H2Whoa!' for a working title), we have some of the world's leading game developers right here in the UK. A partnership with one of these companies could develop a game(s) that was desirable for kids and had the power to deliver a impactful message. Could they compete against the kids in their street? Or the kids in their class? Maybe school classes up and down the country could compete against one another?

Regarding the online platform ('Home Tapped') there is no such thing as a one-size fits all. There will always be some resistance to digital and non-traditional methods of billing, but that's not to say a digital experience should not be developed and offered to those who want it. For me seeing this information online would be infinitely more useful than a paper bill - to be able to compare my own usage at a glance anywhere i have access to the internet, without having to jump between paper bills that are kept in a file at home, would be extremely advantageous. Less paper bills is better from a financial and environmental point of view too (in the long run). It would be less expense on paper, printing, envelopes, postage and fuel. The question isn't whether a water-meter would need to be fitted. It's whether you would want to review your water consumption online? It's the water companies problem to think about the logistics if it's what the public say they want.

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Kate Humpho Apr 8, 2015

I would love up to the minute info on our water usage, currently I have to rake off leaves, and find a stick to get to the water meter, this would be much better for me!

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Janet Bradley Apr 9, 2015

My parents have a water meter... they have the same issue... they struggle to get to it to see the figures... so its a bit of a pointless exercise.

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