The southeast region is faced with drought conditions and water companies are struggling to cope with supply, demand and leakage problems. The government has ruled out a national approach to the problem, claiming that a regionalized programme will be implemented when possible.
Ian Pearson, Environment Minister, said that the recent reports that suggested that national compulsory water metering is being considered are completely unfounded. However he noted that the Water Saving Group is looking at accelerating metering in areas of water stress. “Retaining regional variation is essential to any proposals, and so too is the need for proper public scrutiny and the protection of vulnerable groups,” he said.