Firstly what a Cracking job the politicos have made of running essential public servies, yes a mini war does not help, at the end of the day there is no votes in water.
But on the up side scrap metal is fetching good money these days so order up some plastic pipes at once, once you have privatised the operation
I betcha a PLC or any other business enterprise would wish not see its customers trotting around in winter collecting water, and would take care to avoid it.
Ignore this type of insane argument.
"Oh my good they are selling the water...it falls from the sky for free and they are selling it to us, the evil bastards"