Water meter programme coming to Battle and Bexhill

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Households in Battle and Bexhill could soon be saving water and energy thanks to South East Water’s programme to install domestic water meters.

The company will be fitting meters for customers in the towns and surrounding villages, if one is not already installed.

Oluseyi Onifade, South East Water’s Metering Manager said: “By moving to a water meter, customers will have control over their water use.

“Once we introduce the metered charge, like gas and electricity bills, customers only pay for what they use.

“It’s a fairer way to pay and if they use water wisely and don’t waste it, they could also see their water bills reduce.”

The programme began in Sussex five years ago and has been progressing through the county on a street by street basis.

By 2020, South East Water will have installed 375,000 water meters in total which means almost 90 per cent of customers in its region will pay only for the water they use.

Oluseyi Onifade continued: “Water meters help manage demand in water stressed areas as they help us detect leaks and encourage customers to think about their water use.

“Research has found customers with a water meter use 10 per cent less water than those who are unmetered as it encourages people to think about how they use water.”

Once the installation of meters has completed in Battle and Bexhill, the programme will move into Crowhurst and Pevensey later in 2016.

More information, including a water bill calculator which will help customers to estimate the difference between their old rateable value and new metered bills can be found at southeastwater.co.uk

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