Council Water Users To Receive Meter Leaflet

tapBryher and St Mary’s-based users of the Council’s water services will receive a leaflet about water meters in their bills over the next few weeks.

Last month Radio Scilly raised the issue of metering with the Town Hall after St Mary’s estate agent Tony Dingley claimed the lack of metering meant light water users were paying for more water than they used.

After our email questions were not answered, director of finance Peter Lawrence-Roberts says introducing metering would add to water costs.

And that’s why we don’t have them.

Peter says in 2008, costs were estimated at £128 for putting in each meter. And reading them would require adding at least one employee to the water department staff of two.

Peter says he discussed the matter with chief technical officer Neville Gardner and it appears that some properties are also unable to have water meters in the present form because buildings have been subdivided and share a water source. If metering was adopted, whole properties could require re-plumbing,

Peter adds that there is not a legal obligation to have meters and as the only publicly owned water company in England and Wales, the Council offers some of the lowest water charges to the customer when compared to mainland private companies.

 



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