Provider angry at paying for lost water in drought-stricken Essex

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Hundreds of gallons of water are being lost at a not-for-profit provider’s expense because a water meter has been installed hundreds of metres away from its building and not on the charity’s premises. National charity Vitalise, which has five centres providing breaks and respite care for disabled people and carers, is angry at being charged for water which is leaking from the supply pipe between the meter and the Jubilee Lodge Centre in Chigwell, Essex, which provides care for more than 1,700 disabled people every year. Vitalise chief executive Pat Wallace said the water pressure at Jubilee Lodge was very low and the charity faced paying thousands of pounds extra for its water each year. “No one seems to care,” said Mr Wallace. “We simply cannot afford to pay the tens of thousands of pounds it would take to repair the pipe. The water meter should be moved to within a few metres of our building and Thames Water Utilities should repair the pipe. The lost water is an appalling waste in a drought-strick

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