Unfortunately, the cost of installing each meter (roughly £200 per house) is likely to fall to the consumer.
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Currently households without a meter pay a fixed annual sum based on the rateable value of their home, while those who already have a meter installed pay only for the water they use.
Concerns have been raised over the vastly inflated bills paid by those without a water meter, some of whom are paying up to £300 more than their metered neighbours. And in light of these figures, critics have accused the water industry of using high prices to push householders into having a meter installed.
Civil servant Anna Walker, who prepared a report on metering for ministers, is in favour of more installations.
"Charging by volume of water used is the most effective way of incentivising the efficient use of water."
But while a meter will almost certainly benefit the elderly and others who live alone, large families are likely to find their bills rising. And for those families already struggling to pay the bills, the extra cost of installation as well as an increase in their water bill, may prove a price rise too far.
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