Compulsory Water Meters?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Water Bills
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Water Bills

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  • davetrousersdavetrousers Forumite
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    its a very good idea, most water suppliers require new owners or tenants to have a water meter fitted anyway.
    mabe itll push the cost per unit of water down if everybody has to pay for what they use
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    its a very good idea, most water suppliers require new owners or tenants to have a water meter fitted anyway.
    mabe itll push the cost per unit of water down if everybody has to pay for what they use

    Whilst all water companies have the power to make new occupants have a meter,(which was the idea of the water Privatisation bill) I don't think most water companies enforce that ruling, although they obviously should.

    My view is that people should pay for what they use - so meters should be fitted.
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    mabe im lucky (or unlucky) then, depending how you look at it. im with SWW and the 2 flats and cottage ive moved in to have had to have them fitted. my water bill has been almost halved, but then theres only 2 of us and a little one on the way.
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    It would be interesting to know what proprtion of the water companies costs are fixed and what proportion depend upon the water usage...

    if the fixed costs are high then as more and more meters and fitted then the cost per litre will have to increase... until we are more or less all paying, on average, the same as before.
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    CLAPTON wrote: »
    It would be interesting to know what proprtion of the water companies costs are fixed and what proportion depend upon the water usage...

    if the fixed costs are high then as more and more meters and fitted then the cost per litre will have to increase... until we are more or less all paying, on average, the same as before.

    The problem is the way the Water Privatisation Act works.

    Charges are still controlled by the Regulator(ofwat).

    In simplified terms each water company submits its costs - including profit - to ofwat for approval. If those are approved costs are £xx million they raise that from metered, unmetered and business customers.

    It really doesnt matter to the water companies if, say,

    1. Unmetered customers are not paying their fair share,

    2. Unmetered customers are paying more than their fair share.

    The end result either way is they get their £xxmillion.

    However the statistics clearly show(unsurprisingly) that unmetered customers use more water per head than metered customers.

    Unless Ofwat sets them targets for raising the number of metered customers, with financial penalties for failure, there is no incentive for them to fit costly meters.
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