Compulsory smart meters crucial to fight ‘real and growing risk’ of drought, experts warn

by Paul Homewood at

Smart water meters must be made compulsory across all households to protect the UK against climate change, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has warned.

The government agency is urging ministers to ramp up the rollout of devices, as it claims water supplies were becoming one of the country’s biggest challenges.

Without smart water meters, the NIC said the UK is at heightened risk of drought.

In its latest report, NIC officials said water companies should have the power to compel all homes to accept smart meters as part of a “concerted campaign to reduce water demand”.

The UK used about 10bn litres of water a day in 1960 but that has since risen to around 15bn.

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