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Making the case for metering

This comprehensive report advocates an approach that is squarely in line with the independent Walker Review and a cross-party Committee of MPs, who have recommended that the government set out a path to higher levels of metering, as the central pillar of a more comprehensive, robust and fair water charging system. It’s clear to us that the main barrier to metering today is not based on fact, but on misconceptions and fear.

During the course of our Fairness on Tap discussions we have found that the water metering debate is blighted by scare stories - by worries that metering is just another way for water companies to make money  or that affordability measures won’t really work. These cloud the issue, making it harder to see the value of metering in delivering value for money, fairness, affordability and the all-important water in our taps. This is exactly why it’s time to open up the debate and - working with the evidence - build a water charging system that delivers for customers and the environment. 

The report Making the Case for Metering is available on request and to download from www.fairnessontap.org.uk It includes a number of case study families who are available for interviews to talk about their experiences in having a water meter - some of which have made significant savings on their water bill (over £500 per year). In addition, there are a number of case studies for regional media. Water metering has benefits for consumers, water companies, and the environment, helping to deliver water savings of 10-15%. However, meters are only part of the solution: they must be supported by a package of tariffs which ensures that those who need help paying for water get 

help and provide incentives to reduce waste, as well as advice, information and equipment to 
help households save water.
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The report is available to download here. It includes a number of case study families who talk about their experiences in having a water meter - some of which have made significant savings on their water bill (over £500 per year). In addition, there are a number of case studies for regional media. Water metering has benefits for consumers, water companies, and the environment, helping to deliver water savings of 10-15%. However, meters are only part of the solution: they must be supported by a package of tariffs which ensures that those who need help paying for water get help and provide incentives to reduce waste, as well as advice, information and equipment to help households save water. www.fairnessontap.org.uk

Author

Vicky Garner (Campaign Manager, Fairness on Tap), Rose Timlett (WWF-UK) and Nicci Russell (Waterwise).

Published

28 February 2011

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