United Kingdom

Bournemouth, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 21, 2007 – U.K. utility Bournemouth and West Hampshire Water has announced that its 500,000 customers will experience an increase in their water bills that is above the rate of inflation.

The majority of households in England do not have a water meter; instead, the charge for water is based on the rateable value of their property. There has been an increase in the amount of water meters installed in the last year, however, particularly in the south and south-east of the country, because of the poor rainfall the area has experienced in the last few years.

Bournemouth and West Hampshire Water has both metered and non-metered customers, and says the increases – which take effect in April – will be between 4.5 and 7 per cent. Thanks to recent investment in infrastructure, the utility has been able to meet the leakage target set by water regulator Ofwat, and its metering program helped it to avoid a hosepipe ban last summer, something that several utilities in the south-east had to implement.