Household Water Bills To Rise By 3.5%
The average household water and sewerage bill in England and Wales is set to increase by 3.5%, regulator Ofwat has said.
From April the average cost of a water and sewerage bill will rise to £388 - 0.5% above the rate of inflation.
Residents in southeast England face the biggest increase of £23 a year.
Customers are helping to pay for a £25bn programme to improve the water supply.
Since the industry was privatised in 1989, water companies have spent £108bn on upgrade work.
There are many areas where water companies say they will use the extra money. One way is by tackling the amount of wastewater that seeps into our waterways.
In London, every time there is heavy rain raw sewage finds its way into the Thames.
Thames Water spokesman Simon Evans told Sky News: "What we spend on the system for our customers dwarfs the amount we pay out to shareholders.
"Our customers have a safe reliable service - so too our shareholders, most of whom are actually pension funds, expect safe, reliable returns on their investment.
"We know household budgets are squeezed at the moment but there is essential work to do to improve the infrastructure."
Ofwat chief executive Regina Finn said: "Back in 2009, companies wanted bills rises of 10% above inflation.
"That didn't chime with what customers told us they wanted, so we said they could only increase bills in line with inflation.
"We understand that there is huge pressure on household incomes, and any rise is unwelcome. Inflation is driving these increases."
Ms Finn said the regulator will ensure companies keep their promises on investments.
"We will make sure customers get value for money and if companies fall short in delivering their investment promises, we will take action," she said.
"In the past seven years, we have made companies pay out around £550m where they have under performed."
The new charges will vary for households depending on their supplier and whether they have a water meter, Ofwat said.
what do you think?
Thank God - 3.5% income growth - I bet everyone loves it too! We did want endless growth on a finite resourced planet, didn't we?
How can we be short of water to justify an increase? WEVE JUST HAD THE WETTEST YEAR SINCE RECORDS BEGAN!!! Oh I forgot. . . Bonuses for the elite. Silly me.
No stevie it was probably the wrong sort of water - is that not the normal reason
£388 to have fresh running water to your home and waste collected. Am I the only one that thinks this is great value for money?
Robert The same people that complain about paying a little over £1.00 per day for unlimited water are probably the same people that are happy to pay £ 1.50 for a bottle of water, £1.50 for a can of soft drink an 60p for a bag of crisps people need to get their priorities right - Water is cheap
It's just that the quality needs improving in many cases.
Some cows like to be milked I am told.
The rates here in the South West are more than double the national average!! The fat cats continue to feed their greed!!....
We've all often seen that on the news and it is one of the most disgusting facts I ever read. How can they be charging so many thousands of pounds for people each year for water? They are really, practically, killing people by overcharging them because they just can't afford to even live.
Hello Adrian. Our water rates are much cheaper since being on a water meter.However, We're still above the national average. Our last payment was £500..A glass of water costs more than a bottle of champagne LOL
Jasmin My understanding is that the problem with the South West particularly Cornwall and Devon is the length of the coastline the water authorities have to manage - pushing up the bills
Do MPs have their water bills paid by the taxpayer?
They forget all about bills from the moment the returning officer anounces them "Duly elected"
On which home ?
So when was inflation 3%
i have to regularly descale the kettle, use descaler on the taps and plug holes, all because the water quality is terrible. It isn't fresh water by any means.
Well you could always stop your supply and buy lots of buckets?
Yes Pete, I have to run the tap for half a minute before filling the kettle, otherwise my tea tastes of metal.
pete Simple chemistry - you live in an area of hard water possible drawn from a borehole through chalk - The chalk dissolves in the water and comes out of solution when boiled Your bill would double if you wanted this remeoved - simple solution by a filter
How many of these companies are now British ? Understand the French own some so just think what would happen if they pulled this in France
Another inefficient utility company. Most of us are cutting prices but these crooks do as they please. All paying fat bonuses to their shifty bosses. Traet us like dopes.
Peter, we probably are dopes mate because we never do anything about injustice or rip off's piled upon us on a daily basis.Until we come to some sense and thousands stand outside parliament with bottles of petrol, or balloons filled with water as in this case the politicians will just ignore our plight.
I expect everyone has already said the same thing but I'm going to anyway. As many people have said, we live on a group of islands surrounded by oceans, in one of the rainiest, cloudiest parts of Europe. We've just had months, if not years, of flooding, recent blizzards with warnings about snow melting and causing more flooding, so the reason for increasing water rates is what? GREED, just like all the petrol companies!
All Utilities owned by overseas companies out to make maxim profit .WE paid for them out of our council rates stolen off us by the Wicked Witch of the West Thatcher money wasted on smashing Unions and Falklands war.
ONE MONTH ITS IN SHORT SUPPLY THE NEXT ITS HALFWAY UP THE SOFA NOW THEY WANT TO CHARGE US MORE FOR IT!!!!!!!!!
When you allow your vital utilities to be obtained by overseas people you should expect to be milked. The energy companies were first, followed by the transport companies so it was only a matter of time before the water companies wanted their milk. In most other senior European countries they do not let foreign interests control their vital utilities. Get your head out of the sand and wake up.