Switching to a water meter could help to reduce your bills. With a water meter, you pay for the water you actually use. You're more likely to benefit if you live in a property with a high rateable value, or if you don’t use much water, perhaps because you live alone.
If you’re renting, you still have the right to apply for a meter, as long as your tenancy is for six months or longer. You may need to ask your landlord’s permission before applying for a meter.
If you live in England or Wales
If you’re thinking of having a meter installed, try the water meter calculator on the Consumer Council for Water (CCW) website to see if you might be able to save money. Or contact your supplier for more information.
Meters are installed free of charge and you usually have the option to switch back within two years if you change your mind. You shouldn’t end up paying more than an unmetered household.
If you apply for a water meter but the water company can’t install one, you can ask for an assessed charge bill. This takes into account the number of people in the house or the type of property and could save you money. You can only ask for assessed charges if you apply for a water meter first.
If you live in Scotland
Scottish Water will provide a standard meter for free but, if you're the home owner, you'll have to pay all the costs associated with installing it. Bear in mind that once it's installed, it can't be removed. If you’re renting, you should ask your landlord for permission.
Be aware that if you're getting a reduction on your water and sewerage bill through Council Tax Reduction, you won't be able to keep getting this if you have a water meter. Citizen's Advice Scotland and Scottish Water have more information on whether a water meter is right for you.