Water bills to rise by average of £12 a year for Anglian Water customers
WATER bills for average Anglian Water customers will rise by £12 this year.
The rise equates to around four per cent on a typical bill.
However, the firm claims this could be limited to 2.8 per cent if customers choose to switch to water meters.
Martyn Oakley, Anglian Water’s customer services director, said the rise would help to fund the firm’s planned investment of £466 million in the coming year.
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Examples of projects on the cards include:
£25 million on replacement and renewal of water mains
£6 million on a new water treatment works near Louth in Lincolnshire
£7 million to connect homes in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Lincolnshire to mains sewers for the first time.
Mr Oakley added: “This rise is mainly due to inflation, which was at 3 per cent when bills were calculated. The remaining 1 per cent is to help pay for Anglian Water’s investment programme, which this year will be £466 million.
“That investment will allow us to maintain and improve our essential equipment above and below ground, support growth and recovery in these tough economic times, and protect our environment against the impacts of climate change.”
Around 70 per cent of homes in the Anglian Water region now have a water meter.
Anyone struggling to pay their bill is urged to get in touch as soon as possible, as there may be a flexible payment option available or a different tariff that may better suit their needs.