London, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — November 21, 2006 – Only 26 per cent of households in the U.K. have a water meter installed – but this could soon change, following an announcement by Environment Minister Ian Pearson that a consultation on metering will take place early in 2007.
The consultation will be based on work done by the Water Saving Group – a consortium of representatives from government, regulatory bodies, consumer groups and the industry. The group produced a metering proposal earlier this year, with the aim of accelerating metering in areas that are water stressed.
At present water companies have to apply for water scarcity status if they want to make installation of meters compulsory. This has already been done by Folkestone & Dover (see related link below). The new proposals suggest a more general rollout of meters in an effort to encourage conservation, and include making it easier for utilities to obtain permission to meter their customers.
The new meters are likely to cost £40 ($76) but it is expected that the cost to consumers could easily be recovered by the anticipated reduction in their water bills.