Should there be water tax?

People - Proper attention is not paid for things that comes for free.
@Naxous (974)
India
June 15, 2010 1:32am CST
We are aware of the taxes that we face in our day to day life.However there are certain thinks that comes for free and water is one of them.Maybe that is the reason why we waste water.This wastage can be prevented if the Government imposes water taxes on the usage of water.Frequently we don't give enough care for those that comes for free.The moment the tax is imposed people will use it without wasting any more.What do you think?Share your thoughts.
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12 responses
@marguicha (90225)
• Chile
15 Jun 10
In my country we pay for the water. And it is more expensive (per m2) in Summer than in Winter so we have to use it carefully and not for overwatering plants that are not suited for our climate. There is a minimum that is less expensive (so everyone, even poor people, can pay it). But the rest is EXPENSIVE. Part of it are taxes. We also pay a percentage of that for sewage. Still, I´m sure that many people waste water, electricity and gas.
@Naxous (974)
• India
15 Jun 10
Yeah marguicha you are right that there are people who have the habit of wasting and so we can't stop them but I am sure that you will agree that one has to think twice before doing that if there is money involved and that's precisely what I wanted to say.The system prevailing in your country is good and I believe that the world leaders come together and try to find a solution to this global crisis that will hit us soon.
@marguicha (90225)
• Chile
15 Jun 10
It´s Winter now here and plants don´t need so much water. I told my lawn to accept rainfallas their only water. As for small plants in containers that I make to transplant, I have this soda container, fill it with water and water each plant one by one. I save a lot more than if I watered them with the hose.
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@Naxous (974)
• India
15 Jun 10
The kind of responsibility that you are showing is really fantastichowever I only hope that citizens of our country acts a bit more like you and in that way we can save a lot of water.Thanks for your response.
• Philippines
15 Jun 10
Water is nature's gift to humans. Humans should not be imposed to pay taxes for water, even though water is a vital commodity.
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@Naxous (974)
• India
15 Jun 10
Yeah pinoyblogger even I agree with you that water is a natural gift.But we need to preserve this gift of nature isn't it? If not then very soon there will be no water available in the world.What will we do then?The amount of misuse that is occurring ewach and every day is pathetic.Even I myself waste a lot and these habits must be stopped.I think it can be stopped only by imposing taxes upon the usage of water.
• Philippines
15 Jun 10
There is what we call water cycle. Nature has its way of making water available to the rest of the population. Putting taxes on water is not justifiable.
@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
15 Jun 10
Naxous..not sure where you live but water is not free here. I pay over 100.00 a month for water in my house and while only about 34.00 of that is actual water usage the rest of the 100.00 plus is all taxes. I wish water was free..Where do you live?
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@Naxous (974)
• India
15 Jun 10
Hi sulsisels I live in India and here water is almost tax free.So you should come and stay here.I was kidding.What I witness is totally different from you.I have seen people leave the tap water running all day,use huge amount oif water unnecessarily and so I thionk that imposing some kind of tax will be beneficial.
@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
17 Jun 10
well, in that case I understand where you are coming from..Why in the world would someone leave tap water running all day? Those are the people who will cry the loudest when there is no clean water available God forbid..I think that people that do stupid things like that should be penelized greatly!!
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@jamed28 (1910)
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
Water are not free. It cost you on pumps, purifier, and transport. So there is no question why it should be taxed.
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@Naxous (974)
• India
16 Jun 10
Hi friend I am talking about the water that is provided in our homes by the local self governments.They are either totally free or taxed mildly.People are wasting huge amount of water in our part of the globe as they are not feeling obliged to conserve water and they won't listen to any advise as well.Thanks for your response.
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
16 Jun 10
I don't know where you're from, but water is certainly not free where I live. Weather it comes from the tap in the kittchen, or a bottle I have to pay for it. Just like any other good or service. Water is a natural resource, and people spend millions, and make millions selling it. I don't understand where you're coming from. Because, the only "free" water there is is rain, and I don't see how you can tax the rain.
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@Naxous (974)
• India
16 Jun 10
Hi friend it appears that you are oblivious and a bit more concerned about my nationality which is not at all important.Here we are trying to discuss a problem that is prevalent in under developed countries of the world and you seem to be absolutely out of place.Just a suggestion for you friend.In future don't participate in a discussion if you are not certain about what you want to say.Happy mylotting.
• United States
15 Jun 10
Are you kidding? I hope you're not in the US, because if you are then you have been completely misled. Our water is not free. It is part of the utilities we pay for. That's why you hear about people having their water cut off for no payment. I don't think there should be any extra tax put on water because it is an absolute necessity of life. Without it, we will die. No question. There should just be water-saving systems utilized. For example, in bathrooms, if the shower head uses air to push out the water it will create a great amount of pressure and use less water in the process. That should become standard in all homes. Some people let their sprinklers run for very long periods of time or forget to turn them off. There is no reason why there cannot be an automatic cut off ater a reasonable period of time. Things like this, that are so simple, just aren't even being thought of.
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@Naxous (974)
• India
16 Jun 10
Hi friend no I don't live in the US.The ideas provided by you are indeed great and must be followed by one and all.Thanks for your response.
@lacieice (2065)
• United States
15 Jun 10
In the US, everyone pays for water unless you have a well on your property. We also pay for sewage. There are many different water companies who collect the money, and the water is also taxed. Everyone has a meter on their house. In dry spells, we are asked to conserve water. If it gets too bad, we are mandated to conserve and fined if we don't comply.
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@Naxous (974)
• India
15 Jun 10
I think that's the way it should be in all countries.However the socio-economic condition in our country doesn't allow the Government to take such harsh measures.There are places where there is no water supply at all..so how can you tax them?But even I sincerely believe that to conserve water strict laws and penalties must be imposed by the agencies responsible.Thanks and happy mylotting.
• India
15 Jun 10
hey buddy.... your thinking is right but in our country i.e., in INDIA we are paying water tax every 6 months.... but the people are not feeling responsibility about that.. every one are busy in their works.......
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@Naxous (974)
• India
15 Jun 10
Hi friend even I am from India and the water tax that we are paying is surely not stopping us from wasting water.I think the local self governments need to restructure the tax system.Thanks for your response and happy mylotting.
@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
15 Jun 10
I don't think there is a need for tax in water but it seems it is the case here in our country. We pay for our water consumption every month and that is not cheap. Unlike your people there who waste water...we in our family have to conserve water. When rains comes in we have this big pail to store rain water and use it to water the plants. We are doing it because we want to save money for paying the water. I think your people should learn the value of water. There are even some countries who have to buy water from other countries. I think your country is lucky for you have abundant water supply.
@Naxous (974)
• India
15 Jun 10
Hi friend I can understand your problem and that what makes conserving water all the more important for people like us who waste a lot of it on a regular basis.Indeed the people in our place are oblivious to the consequences that can happen if we continue wasting water like the way we do now.Then even by paying lump sum amount as taxes we won't be able to get sufficient water to sustain ourselves.
@advokatku (4037)
• Indonesia
15 Jun 10
imposition of tax on water use has been applied in Indonesia. Use water that is taxed ground water originating from within, not surface
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@Naxous (974)
• India
15 Jun 10
Hi friend so you already pay water tax.But do you have a meter or the authorities fixes up the tax to be paid arbitarily?
@callmecat (248)
• United States
25 Jun 10
Yeah...I live in the united states, so we have to pay water bills and stuff. Bummer.
@sjlskl (3384)
• Singapore
22 Jun 10
In Singapore, we have to pay for water usage. On top of that, we have to pay a monthly water conservation fee. So water is definitely not free over here. But still, there are clear cases of water wastage, when people washing their cars, plates and everything other thing with the tap running.