Water prices to rise says Ofwat

Total utility bills will go up by £107 a year on average as Ofwat announces water price rise.

water hoseOfwat’s announcement today that the average water bill will rise by 3.5% to £388 in April will see consumers forced once again to tighten their purse strings.

The hike in water bills comes just months after households saw energy bills soar to a record-high of £1,352 a year.

In total, households will now need to find a further £107 a year to pay their essential water and energy bills.

£107 a year extra on utility bills

ann robinsonAnn Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch, says: “Ofwat’s announcement follows a wave of energy price hikes and will leave many households struggling to stay afloat.

“In total, consumers will now have to find an extra £107 a year to meet the cost of their essential utility bills. Households now face forking out £1,740 a year on energy, water and sewerage alone.

“With incomes remaining stagnant, this will be another squeeze on family finances and will no doubt cause sacrifice and hardship for many.

“There really is no need to pay over the odds for any household bills and there are a couple of simple but effective steps to help protect yourself from rising prices.

“While consumers might not have the choice of switching to a cheaper water supplier, they do have the option of moving to a water meter which could save them £54 a year.

“As a rule of thumb, if there are more bedrooms than people in a household then a water meter could be more cost effective.”

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  1. plumber man on February 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Another con to get money out of us with the water, it is only because Thames Water is building a new tunnel to provide extra cappacity that we have to pay for, this is for only one area and not the whole network, i am already arguing with them and will not pay for a expensive project which will no way benefit the area where i live

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