Every home should have a water meter, and power showers should be banned, an environmental watchdog will say today.
The call comes from the Government’s Environment Agency under a policy that amounts to ‘rationing by price’.
The introduction of smart meters could see families charged more for water in the summer months in order to stop them filling up paddling pools or washing their cars.
The agency argues that a drastic reduction in water use is needed to conserve supplies and save the planet.
It claims that universal meters would cut average household water use by as much as 15 per cent.
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However, such a move would come with a huge bill for the public – estimated at more than ¬£1billion.
The agency warned: ‘Water resources are already under pressure in many parts of the country, with some 25million people living in areas where there is less available water per person than Spain or Morocco.
‘Climate change will reduce the amount of water available in rivers in England and Wales by 10-15 per cent by 2050, and up to as much as 80 per cent during summer months.
‘This, along with a potential 20million increase in the population of England and Wales, will put even greater pressure on the country’s limited water supplies.’