A: Water regulator Ofwat did announce last week that from 1st April, all water bills in England and Wales will go up by 3.5% – higher than the rate of inflation.
The increase will mean an average of £13 extra on your 2013/2014 bills and take the average annual total to £388.
The reason for the increase is to help fund a £25 billion water infrastructure programme that has already begun and is due to be completed in 2015.
The programme will hopefully improve the environment and quality of drinking water, reduce water leakages, safeguard against flooding and improve, clean or replace more than 10,000km of water mains.
Although the increases will further squeeze already very tight household budgets, apparently it could have been a lot worse as water companies asked Ofwat for a 10% over inflation rise.
Unfortunately you can’t shop around and switch water suppliers to get lower prices, but there are ways you can cut your water bill.
If you have more bedrooms in your house than people living in it, then you should consider a water meter, as you will then only pay for the water you use.
If you have a water meter, it’s important to be savvy with your water use. So only run washing machines and dishwashers when there’s a full load; don’t leave the tap on when you brush your teeth; have showers, not baths; and limit hosepipe use.
For more information on ways to cut the costs of your water bill, contact your supplier now.
Andrea Ventress, money expert
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