Defra: Report of compulsory water meter plans 'false'

The Government said a report that it plans to introduce compulsory water meters for millions of householders "is false".

Defra said in a statement of the Daily Telegraph report: "Any suggestion that this has made it more likely that customers will face compulsory water metering is not true.

The Daily Telegraph said bills are set to rise under compulsory water meter plans. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

"No water company is required to introduce compulsory metering, even if it is in an area of severe water stress".