Water firm unveils new meters plan

PUBLISHED: 15:03 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

Hatfield-based Three Valleys Water

Hatfield-based Three Valleys Water

EVERY drop of water used in your home will have its price if new proposals from a main water supplier are enforced. As part of Three Valleys Water's new draft water resources management plan, it is suggesting that water meters are installed throughout its

EVERY drop of water used in your home will have its price if new proposals from a main water supplier are enforced.

As part of Three Valleys Water's new draft water resources management plan, it is suggesting that water meters are installed throughout its area so all homes are charged for the water they use rather than, as is the case at present, many households paying a basic rate.

A spokeswoman for the Hatfield-based company said: "The plan is to reduce water consumption and by introducing water metering this would encourage people to only use water when they need to.

"Each household would be able to check how much water they are using and if it seems they are using more than they think then that could be a way of spotting leakage.

"Currently 33 per cent of our customer's houses have water meters installed, but we hope that figure will be 90 per cent by 2020."

The draft plan also proposes that the charges for water change throughout the year, with lower prices in the winter and higher ones in the summer when demands are at peak levels.

Managing director Andy Smith said: "Our draft water plan sets out the actions that we need to take to ensure that we maintain the water supply and demand balance while minimising our effect on the local and global environment and ensuring that the price of water is kept at a level that our customers can afford."

The final plan is expected to be published in April 2009.


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