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30 Mar 2009 05:03:16

EA suggests water metering for all

EA suggests water metering for all
Domestic water metering, incentives for low use and VAT removal for water efficient products were recommended by the Environment Agency (EA) as a means of preparing for future water shortages.

In its Water Resources Strategy for England and Wales, the EA suggests a complete review of the structure of the water industry to reduce water consumption and carbon emissions.

It calls for "near-universal water metering of households" and combining this measure with the creation of tariffs that incentivise reduced water use.

The industry itself should receive incentives to reduce the amount of water it provides, the report claims, with different categories of use setting reduction targets.

Another suggested approach is to improve the water efficiency of buildings and appliances. To this end the EA considers the reduction or removal of VAT on water efficient products to influence consumer choice.

According to industry body Water UK, policy should protect hard-pressed families from additional costs and help develop new sources and means of storing water.



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