Smart meters and working with water retailers and businesses to cut consumption feature in SES Water’s draft Water Resources Management Plan, published last week. The company, which serves a seriously water stressed area, has a high average consumption of 150 litres per person per day, and is planning for a 40% population increase by 2080, details the following measures for the next ten years in its plan:
Leakage reduction of 15%
Increasing meter penetration from 52% to 90%.
Piloting smart meters to provide people with real time consumption information.
Water saving home visits and devices.
Working with businesses and water retail companies to reduce commercial water use.
In the longer term, the company will look to share more water with its neighbouring companies as part of efforts to develop a regional grid, so water can be moved around the region more effectively. It will also investigate whether improvements can be made to its boreholes in the River Mole catchment, so more water can be abstracted during the winter months when river levels are high.
The consultation runs until 25 May.