Water meters for thousands of households

Sutton and East Surrey Water aims to provide an additional 32,000 meters to its customers which could help them cut costs under new plans unveiled today. It has published its […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Sutton and East Surrey Water aims to provide an additional 32,000 meters to its customers which could help them cut costs under new plans unveiled today.

It has published its 25-year Water Resources Management Plan – which sets out its plans to maintain a balance between supply and demand – after being approved by the Government.

The firm claims that by March 2014, 44% of homes and 88% of commercial properties within its supply area were metered.

According to the Consumer Council for Water, a single person living alone currently paying an average unmetered bill could save as much as £100 a year.

The water company also plans to boost water efficiency programmes, including the installation of water-saving devices such as dual flush toilets, low flow showerheads and push taps in schools, elderly care homes and households.

The report sets out plans to find and fix more leaks, with the aim of reducing leakage by a further 500,000 litres per day.

Lester Sonden, Engineering Director at Sutton and East Surrey Water said: “This Plan plays a critical role in determining how we will meet growth in demand for water from today’s and tomorrow’s customers while at the same time protecting the environment on which we rely for those water supplies.”

The firm currently provides drinking water to more than 675,000 consumers.