Defra slams 'false' compulsory metering reports
Defra has described media reports that there will be compulsory water meters for millions of households following a recently published report into water stressed areas as "false".
A report in last Friday's Telegraph said millions of families "face higher bills under proposals to fit homes with compulsory water meters, after ministers ruled that reservoirs are at risk of running dry".
In response to the report, Defra said several water companies had in fact been removed from the list of companies covering severely water stressed areas, which was first published in 2007. No new areas have been added.
"Any suggestion that this has made it more likely that customers will face compulsory water metering is not true," said Defra.
It added that no water company is required to introduce compulsory metering, even if it is in an area of severe water stress.
Defra said metering is just one of many ways water companies can manage water resources in their area.
The government is doing more than ever before to tackle water prices, securing a £50 rebate off the exceptionally high bills of those in the South-west, bringing in social tariffs for the first time and, through the Water Bill, bringing in competition for all non-household users.
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