Water company won’t pull plug on Israeli technology

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013
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A water company has denied reports that it has agreed to anti-Israel activists’ demands for water meters made in Israel not to be fitted at their homes.

Southern Water has installed more than 300,000 meters made by the Galilee-based water technology firm Arad during the past three years.

The company has said it had “no plans at all” to abandon the project and would fit a further 200,000 Israeli systems by 2015.

But a campaign by Israel boycotters has seen a number of householders around the south coast area refuse the meters.

No plans to stop fitting water meters made in the Galilee

The Sussex Express newspaper claimed recently that a couple in Lewes had turned away contractors who arrived at their home with an Israeli device.

Southern Water admitted it had postponed some installations while it arranged meetings to discuss “a few further complaints” with customers. But a spokesman said it would not take a political stance on issues in the Middle East.

He said: “There has been no change in metering policy. It remains the same as at the start of the programme — to continue to install Arad meters.

“We have identified them as being the meter which offers the best available technology and customer and environmental benefits.”

The company did install a non-Israeli meter at one property in Brighton in July after a resident complained to a company director.

Southern Water said it did not comment on individual cases and could not explain why the woman’s request had been granted.

Last updated: 10:45pm, September 12 2013