A FEW clicks on the Consumer Council for Water’s (CCWater) water meter calculator could help prevent thousands more households from pouring money down the drain.

Water customers across England and Wales are being urged to join the thousands of households who have already used CCWater’s online calculator to see whether making the switch to a water meter could add up to big savings.

About 50 per cent of customers who use the calculator have been able to identify possible savings from making the switch to a meter.

Since its launch last April, the water watchdog’s easy-to-use calculator has helped nearly 25,000 water customers identify potential savings on their water bill totalling about £4.8million.

And with water bills having increased by an average of £13 last month there has never been a more prudent time for households to make use of the calculator, which features the latest 2013/14 metered charges.

The calculator is available on the homepage of the CCWater website at <a href=”https://www.ccwater.org.uk/” data-mce-href=”https://www.ccwater.org.uk/”>www.ccwater.org.uk</a> and can be accessed via a wide range of platforms including smart phones and tablets. People without internet access can simply contact a CCWater representative on&nbsp; 0121 345 1000&nbsp; who will provide assistance.

Dame Yve Buckland, Chair of CCWater, said: “With 2013/14 water bills having increased by an average of £13 last month and with many consumers seeking ways to make savings, a look at CCWater’s water meter calculator could be the way to reduce water consumption and save money.”

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Notes for editors:
• Figures in this press release are based on the information provided by customers who used the water meter calculator on the CCWater website and inputted their estimated water usage. Some people who use the calculator choose not to have their details recorded.
• Calculations using the CCWater calculator do not take into account the £50 reduction given to billed water customers of South West Water from April 2013.
The Consumer Council for Water:
• Was set up in October 2005 to represent consumers in England and Wales
• Costs each water customer an average of 21p per year
• Gained £285 million from water companies in reduced prices and extra investments
• Has helped more than 300,000 customers with complaints or enquiries about water and sewerage services
• Has to date secured over £16 million in compensation and rebates for customers
• Is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Welsh Government
• Has a committee for Wales  and four regional committees in England
• Website: www.ccwater.org.uk

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