Half a million water meters to be installed across Southposted on 16 November 2012 | posted in General News
Water meters are set to be installed in more than 500,000 homes across the South. Southern Water will force homeowners to use the meters in a bid to decrease water usage across Hampshire, Sussex and Kent. The water supplier wants to reduce the amount of water used in these counties from 148 litres per person to day to 130 litres by 2030. Darren Bentham, who is Southern Water's director of metering, has argued that charging families for the amount of water they use is the fairest method of billing. Nevertheless, a spokesperson from consumer magazine Which? has warned that large households are likely to face increased water bills once the meters are installed. Speaking to theargus.co.uk, they said: "While some can and do save money from meters, others, particularly large families, may see their bills rise if meters become compulsory. We want to see water companies and regulators considering the impact on all customers before making sweeping changes to the charging system." The measures could make more households keen to invest in rainwater harvesting systems so that they aren't paying too much for water from the taps. A report from thisismoney.co.uk has predicted that four out of every British households could be paying for water using a meter by 2020.