Metering landmark for Southern Water
Southern Water has installed more than 200,000 new water meters under its two-year old installation programme.
Over 60% of households across Hampshire, Sussex and Kent now have a meter, up from 40% when the programme started in 2010.
The company says that, as people on a meter use around 10% less water than in un-metered homes, the installation programme is having a major impact on the use of water resources across the South East.
It's estimated that by the time the programme is completed in 2015, half a million new meters will have been installed by Southern Water, saving an estimated 17.6 million litres a day, sufficient to meet the needs of over 40,000 family households.
Southern Water's director of market reform, Darren Bentham, said that alongside tackling leakage and developing new water resources, water metering is at the heart of the company's long term plans to manage resources across the South East, a region officially defined as water stressed.
"As well as installing 200,000 new meters," he added, "we have also provided customers with information and practical advice on saving water, energy and money, and introduced new tariffs to ensure that water remains affordable for all customers and to give people time to adapt to metered charges."