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UK water meters to become more commonplace

An independent report into the UK water sector for the Department of Environment and Welsh Assembly has reached the conclusion that water meters need to become more commonplace in the UK to allow consumers to monitor their water use. The report suggests that 80% of UK homes should have water meters in the short to medium term, against 35% at the moment, as a way of monitoring exact water use rather than the old system of using the rateable value of a property.

It is common knowledge that the UK water supply network needs significant investment in the short, medium and longer term and indeed many of the outdated piping has resulted in significant leakage which is having an impact on the sector as a whole. The report also suggests that a growing population and climate change could also impact upon the sector in the medium to longer term and put more pressure on water supplies.

While there is no doubt that the water supply companies in the UK have invested hundreds of millions of pounds into the network over the last few years, much more work needs to be done. It is unclear at this moment in time whether the vast majority of consumers would benefit financially from water meters, as opposed to the old rating system, but no doubt more data will be released in due course.

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