Anglian Water technicians have fitted a water meter to the Queen’s home at Sandringham in Norfolk. 

The work is part of a wider project to fit water meters at 300 properties on the Sandringham Estate. They are now part of the 80% of homes in the Anglian Water region which will only pay for the water they use.

Carl Sturman, Enhanced Metering Project Manager from Anglian Water, said: “We know that staff at Sandringham are keen to ensure the estate is as environmentally friendly as possible – so they have set a great example here.

“We have worked closely with the Estate management throughout this project and they have shown a real commitment to being water efficient.

“Ours is the driest region in the country, in fact we have less rainfall than Jerusalem. We’re also the fastest growing region, so our water supplies are under more pressure than ever before.

“We want everyone to pay only for the water they use – and to be rewarded for using water efficiently. After getting a meter installed we know that customers typically use 15% less water which equates to around £100 off their bill.”

Sandringham Estate includes several hamlets as well as parts of the villages of Dersingham and West Newton. 300 properties here, owned by the Crown, will soon be fitted with a meter and billed for the water they use rather than receiving an estimated bill.

Last year more than 16,000 people in the region had a meter fitted by Anglian Water, and in the coming months we will be targeting areas in North Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Milton Keynes to get even more people on board the metering revolution.