Water: Meters

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many water meters were installed in houses (a) in England and (b) in Hemel Hempstead constituency in each year since 1997.

Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Marine and Natural Environment)

The following table sets out the number of water meters that have been installed in houses in England and Wales since 1997. Ofwat, the economic regulator of the water and sewerage industry, does not hold data on how many meters are installed in individual constituencies.

Three Valleys Water figures are included as this company provides a water service to the constituency of Hemel Hempstead.

Because of water company supply boundaries it is not possible to separate out the number of meters installed in England alone.

Household meters installed in England and Wales and Three Valleys Water between 1997 and 2008
Total in England and Wales Three Valleys Water
1997-98 559,156 15,183
1998-99 486,043 27,291
1999-2000 352,997 16,305
2000-01 233,487 11,033
2001-02 241,108 10,111
2002-03 236,361 16,555
2003-04 295,053 27,231
2004-05 261,982 21,163
2005-06 325,756 38,965

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