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Water Metering

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects the results of the national water metering trials to be available; and if he will make a statement.

The second interim report on the national metering trials has been published by the water industry today and I have placed a copy in the Library.Use of rateable values as a basis for water charges ceases to be lawful from April 2000. Water companies will have to decide what alternative method of charging to adopt for the future; and metering—which is being adopted for many new properties, which do not have a rateable value—is one of the options being considered. Because it relates the size of a customer's bill to the

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