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Water Meters

Volume 222: debated on Thursday 2 April 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the number of domestic prepayment water meters installed in each water company area.

[holding answer 1 April 1993]: I understand that the number of domestic prepayment water meters which have been installed to date by water companies is as follows:

Bristol Water plc10
North West Water Ltd.20
Severn Trent Water Ltd.44
Southern Water Services Ltd.70
South Staffordshire Water plc30
Wessex Water Services Ltd.51

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list, by water company area, the numbers and percentage of households with domestic water meters; and what the equivalent figures were for (a) 1979, (b) 1983 and (c) 1987.

[holding answer 1 April 1993]: Current estimates are shown in the table: similar information for earlier years is not available centrally.

Water companyMetered supply households (000s)Proportion per cent.
Anglian Water Services Ltd.483·3
Bournemouth and West Hampshire Water Company53·3
Bristol Water plc143·5
Cambridge Water Company43·7
Chester Waterworks Company12·3
Cholderton and District Water Company Ltd.<11·5
Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig292·8
East Surrey Water plc32·6
Essex Water plc101·9
Folkestone and Dover Water Services Ltd.22·8
Hartlepools Water Company<10·1
Mid Kent Water plc42·2
Mid Southern Water plc114·3
North East Water plc61·1
North Surrey Water Ltd.84·5
North West Water Ltd.501·9
Northumbrian Water Ltd.20·4
Portsmouth Water plc<11
Severn Trent Water Ltd.1344·9
South East Water Ltd.93·8
South Staffordshire Water plc92·0
South West Water Services Ltd.244·2
Southern Water Services Ltd.9010·5
Suffolk Water plc43·9
Sutton District Water plc<10·3
Tendring Hundred Water Services Ltd.34·8
Thames Water Utilities Ltd.963·3
Three Valleys Water Services plc222·5
Wessex Water Services Ltd.215·0
Wrexham and East Denbighshire Water Company34·6
York Waterworks plc<10·1
Yorkshire Water Services Ltd.452·7
England and Wales6573·4

Note: Proportions may not tally exactly due to rounding.