Future-proofing or stealth?
Spray-painted coloured lines and spots appeared on the berm in the region of our “Toby” recently. Being of a naturally curious nature, and judging that this was not the work of a local graffiti artist, I messaged GDC to ask if they knew anything about it and was duly informed that: “The Tobys in the street are being upgraded and the paint shows the contractors your one is to be replaced. There will be a letter delivered to your mail box in the next days about the works.”
Sure enough, a leaflet appeared in our mailbox later that day explaining that “repairs and maintenance” to our water connection would be carried out the following day. I was quite unaware that any repairs were necessary, but hey-ho — c’est la vie!
After the work was completed I satisfied my curiosity by lifting the lid to inspect the work and, lo and behold, there was a new stopcock and what appeared to strongly resemble a water meter.
There had been no mention of water meters in any communication.
No doubt GDC would call it “future-proofing”; I call it “stealth”.