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Water meters for all

Water meters are likely to be made compulsory in people’s homes to make us consume less.

Proposals designed to cut water usage from an average of 148 to 130 litres per person per day by 2030 are due to be unveiled by ministers next month.

If you have a large family and use a lot of water, you could be in for spiralling bills. But, if you’re single or you tend to use little water, you could be on to a winner.

Installing a meter will cost £200 per house, a cost likely to be passed on to consumers. By 2020 it is expected that 80% of households in England will use a meter to pay for their H2O.

Civil servant Anna Walker is asking for legislation to encourage more meters in homes.

She said: Most of us find water and sewerage services cheap - less than a £1 per day for some households, but the future looks rather different.

'A combination of significant population growth, the effects of climate change and the need to renew what is often Victorian infrastructure will put increasing pressure on both the availability and the cost of water. Charging by volume of water used is the most effective way of incentivising the efficient use of water.'

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