Water firm marks end of metering programme

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A PROJECT to install almost 450,000 water meters across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Sussex and Kent is coming to an end.

Southern Water has installed them over the past five years to save water and energy.

The company’s engineering and construction director Richard Price said: ‘It’s very much a triumph for our customers, many of whom have changed the way they use water to make huge savings.

‘This might be something as simple as turning off the tap when brushing your teeth, using a water butt instead of a hosepipe or not switching on the dishwasher until it has a full load.’

Mr Price said the meters were saving 27 million litres of water a day and meant an average water bill reduction of £162 a year per household.

He said energy bills had gone down as heating water in the home makes up around 30 per cent of the average household’s energy bill.

He also said the meters would help avoid water shortages.

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