The Government said a Daily Telegraph report that thousands of homes would be made to install water meters was untrue.
Defra released the following statement:
There is no requirement for water companies to introduce compulsory water meters as a result of the report that has just been published.
In fact, the number of water companies labelled as seriously water stressed was reduced. Metering is just one of many ways water companies look at to manage water resources in their area.
The Government is doing more than ever before to tackle water prices, securing a £50 rebate off the exceptionally high bills of those in the South West, bringing in social tariffs for the first time and, through our Water Bill, bringing in competition for all non-household users.