The Parliamentary Under Secretary for Water, Forestry, Rural Affairs and Resource Management, Dan Rogerson, has confirmed in a letter to Nicholas Soames MP that “no water company is ever required [by the Government] to introduce compulsory metering, even in areas of severe water stress” and that any decisions to introduce metering should “be done in consultation with customers”.
Over recent months, we have received several reports that certain utility companies are taking a heavy-handed approach in trying to enforce their corporate Smart Metering agendas – with at least one company insisting that they have legislative powers to force people to accept a Smart Meter. As we can see from this letter, however, the reality is quite different – with Rogerson adding a warning that some customers “would see their bills rise” with water meters.
If your water company is trying to force you to have a Smart Water Meter, share this letter with them. Rogerson’s comments are in keeping with previous confirmations given by the Government that Smart Energy Meters are not compulsory – a fact that many people are still not aware of because of on-going industry attempts to dupe customers into accepting them.