Water bills to rise in April 2016

Households will see water and sewerage bills rise from April by an average of 1% in England and Wales and 1.6% in Scotland, in line with regulators’ price caps.

The move means households in England and Wales will pay an average of £389/year from 1 April (barring those supplied by Portsmouth Water, where charges take force from 1 July) – an average increase of £2/year (1%).

Those in Scotland meanwhile, will pay £351/year on average - an average increase of £5/year (1.6%), also from 1 April.

Households in Northern Ireland are unaffected as the Government covers the cost of water charges.

How much can prices rise by?

In England and Wales, water companies decide each year the level at which they set charges, but these mustn’t exceed five-year overall revenue plans set out by regulator Ofwat.

Similarily in Scotland, bills are priced within limits set by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, based on a six-year agreement.

So what’s my 2016/17 bill going to be?

The tables below detail the average bills for customers in England, Wales and Scotland.


Water and sewerage companies (Eng & Wales)

Average water bill

Average sewerage bill

Average combined bill

Average increase/decrease

Anglian

£182

£229

£411

£5 (1%)

Dwr Cymru

£181

£257

£438

£0 (0%)

Northumbrian (North East)

£174

£203

£378

£7 (2%)

Severn Trent

£172

£157

£329

£0 (0%)

South West (i)

£219

£319

£488

£5 (1%)

Southern

£147

£264

£411

£-7 (-2%)

Thames

£198

£176

£374

£5 (1%)

United Utilities

£201

£214

£415

£3 (1%)

Wessex

£234

£226

£460

£0 (0%)

Yorkshire

£162

£204

£366

£5 (1%)

(i) £50 Government contribution taken into account.

 

 

 

 

Water only companies (Eng & Wales)

Average water bill

Average increase/decrease

Affinity (Central region)

£174

£2 (1%)

Affinity (East region)

£174

£0 (0%)

Affinity (Southeast region)

£206

£3 (2%)

Bournemouth

£136

£1 (1%)

Bristol

£175

£-2 (-1%)

Dee Valley

£145

£7 (5%)

Northumbrian (Essex & Suffolk)

£236

£4 (2%)

Portsmouth

£98

£1 (1%)

South East

£198

£0 (0%)

South Staffordshire (Cambridge)

£127

£-2 (-2%)

South Staffordshire

£142

£-2 (-2%)

Sutton and East Surrey

£186

£3 (2%)

Council tax band (Scotland-only, unmetered charges)

Average water bill

Average sewerage bill

Average combined bill

Average increase/decrease

A

£130.80

£151.80

£282.60

£4.38 (1.6%)

B

£152.60

£177.10

£329.70

£5.11 (1.6%)

C

£174

£202.40

£377

£6.04 (1.6%)

D

£196.20

£227.70

£423.90

£6.57 (1.6%)

E

£239.80

£278.30

£518.10

£8.03 (1.6%)

F

£283.40

£328.90

£612.30

£9.49 (1.6%)

G

£327

£379.50

£706.50

£10.95 (1.6%)

H

£392.40

£455.40

£847.80

£13.14 (1.6%)

What do the water companies say?

Water UK chief executive, Michael Roberts, says: "Water companies understand the pressures on customers' pockets and are committed to keeping household bills as low as possible while still investing in vital improvements.”

Scottish Water says household charges have fallen by 10% in real terms since 2009 and will continue to be among the lowest in Great Britain over the next six years.

How can I cut my water bills?

Unfortunately you can’t switch water and sewerage provider; you’re stuck with the one that services your local area.

But as a rough rule of thumb, if there are more bedrooms in your house than people, you could save by getting a water meter. In most cases, meters are fitted free of charge in England and Wales, according to the Consumer Council for Water. You can use its online calculator to check if you can save.

The Consumer Council for Water adds that being water efficient and avoiding wastage can also help keep bills down. For example, fixing dripping taps, installing water saving devices, and collecting rainwater for use in the garden.

Published: 05 February 2016
Last updated: 05 February 2016

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