Thames Water this week began a four-year programme to install water metersto all homes in Bromley and Croydon on change of occupancy.
From 2010, Thames Water hopes to start installing water meters at all homes in its supply area on change of occupancy, subject to approval by regulator Ofwat.This trial in Bromley and Croydon will enable Thames Water to make mass metering more efficient in the future as. It will also provide further information on the effect meters have on customers' consumption as well as encouraging greater water conservation. Current industry research suggests that demand falls at least 10% in the short-term. Vanessa Clark, Head of Metering at Thames Water, said:'Water is becoming an increasingly precious resource. Population growth and climate change will both increase demand in years to come, and we have to keep pace with these changes to ensure that adequate supplies are available.'Past experience suggests the installation of meters reduces demand for water, but we want to better understand this. We have chosen Bromley and Croydon for our studies because water resources in South London are already under great pressure, so there is a real need to preserve supplies. 'The meters will be installed for free, and will allow customers to manage their own demand and the level of their bills. We've seen a huge increase this year in the number of our customers choosing to have a meter installed, as they become more aware of thefinancial and environmental benefits of conserving water.'