Water meters to be installed in Northamptonshire homes
Thousands of homes in Northamptonshire will have water meters installed by Anglian Water.
Work to fit about 27,000 meters is soon due start in Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough.
Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said customers would not be made to switch from paying rates to using the meters, but the devices would still be fitted.
The company claimed the move would result in less water being used and fairer bills.
Mr Innes said: "We honestly believe it is the fairest way to charge people and it is great for the environment."
'Have the information'
Customers who try the meters can switch back to standard billing charges within two years if they choose, the water company said.
Mr Innes claimed that while the majority of people could save money by switching to a meter, he said families with young children or those who washed more than two loads of washing a day would not benefit.
A similar scheme recently completed in Northampton saw 17,000 meters fitted. Only about 4,000 of those switched to using it.
Elizabeth Sadler, from Irthlingborough Road in Wellingborough, said she would not switch to using the meter.
"Even if you don't use them they record what water you use so they have the information anyway - it is worrying when you have a family and you don't want to go on to a meter."
Those getting a water meter will be informed by letter.