Romain Bitot / Photo credit: MAGALI COHEN / HANS LUCAS VIA AFP 08:48, June 05, 2023Every day, Europe 1 looks at an idea or a problem in your daily life. In the town of Grasse, in the Alpes-Maritimes, the town hall has decided to set up seasonal water pricing to encourage sobriety and change water consumption habits, which may be rare this summer.
Paying more for your water in summer when it is becoming scarcer, it may not be relevant yet... Except for the inhabitants of Grasse! In this town of the Alpes-Maritimes, the mayor, Jérôme Viaud, set up seasonal pricing last week. The idea: to encourage sobriety by increasing the price of a commodity that is becoming increasingly scarce, especially because of drought. A good solution? Europe 1 asked you the question.
An ecological tax? The measure divides
Every day, Xavier makes the bathwater flow for Alexis, his 15-month-old son. A bath he shares with him to avoid wasting water. "We are already very careful," he confirms. So if the bill were to go up, he would pay but reluctantly. "We are less than 200 euros a month, so telling us that we will increase the price of water again... That there are ecological measures, yes, we can accept it. But in the summer we already drink tap water, we don't buy mineral water, so it's complicated," says the dad.
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Conversely, Mary would be ready to make efforts for the good cause: paying more would allow a change in mentalities. "It can also be a way to raise awareness among people who fill their pools, for example. And like electricity this winter, I hope it would make people aware of what water represents. It's a good that until now, is infinite, but not so much actually," she explains.
For others paying more in the name of ecology is no. And for Amed, it would even be counterproductive: "I, personally, do not think I would change my consumption further. We tax without explaining, without raising awareness. It's an ecological tax," he said. Raising the price of water to encourage water savings, a counterintuitive measure that consumers have yet to tame.