Water bills are to go up by seven per cent in England and Wales next year, more than twice the rate of inflation, the regulator Ofwat confirmed yesterday.
Average household water bills
The charges, which come into force next month, mean the typical household bill for water and sewerage will rise by £20 to £312. The Consumer Price Index, the Government’s preferred measure of inflation, is 2.7 per cent.
Consumer groups said many people would “fail to understand” how water companies could put up prices when they are making huge profits and after a year of water restrictions and customer service failures.
Some of the water suppliers imposing inflation-busting increases in bills have some of the worst records for leaks.
Water firms put bills up by 7pc