Average water bills to rise as high as £420 this year with one million needing help

The water bill rise is £7 a year, but it comes as many households are already struggling with rising energy bills, fuel costs and grocery expenses and cannot afford to lose more cash

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Brits are set to pay more for their water bills this year with the average cost rising £7 to £419.

Around 1.1million people need help paying these bills already, according to trade body Water UK.

This will rise to at least 1.4 million by 2025.

Bills for water and sewage in England and Wales are due to rise 1.7% this year, Water UK said.

Households may find their bills rise more or less than this average figure.

Some parts of the country, like Essex, will see bills rising by 10%.

Water costs are going up by £7 a year



Around £200 of the average bill goes to paying for water, and the remaining £219 for sewerage costs

Water UK chief executive Christine McGourty said: “Customers will continue to pay little more than £1 a day for their water and sewerage service, helping to directly fund significant investment in improving infrastructure and enhancing the environment.

“But we know this a difficult time for many, and no-one should have to worry about their household essentials. There is a wide range of support available for those in need, and I would urge anyone who’s concerned to get in touch with their water company.”

The bill rise is below inflation, but adds to soaring household costs this year


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How to get help paying water bills

You can contact your water supplier if you need help with bills.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic more than 100,000 hard-up customers have been granted payment breaks to give them breathing space.

Water suppliers can also cut bills for customers on low incomes or refer them to organizations that can help with bills.

The Watersure scheme also caps water bills if you are on benefits or need to use a lot of water due to having several children or medical reasons.

For a full list of financial support available, click here.

People in some areas will get help with water bills without needing to apply.

For example, those supplied by South East Water have bills capped if they are on low incomes, as the water firm checks council lists of eligible households.

Households getting water from Severn Trent can get discounts of up to 90% on their water bills if they have a household income of less than £16,385.

The 1.7% increase in water bills is below the level of inflation, currently 5.4%, but still comes at a time when household costs are soaring.

Yesterday The Mirror reported that the average home will pay a record extra £693 in energy costs due to a rise in a price cap set by regulator Ofgem.

A quarter of all British households are expected to be plunged into fuel poverty by the increase in these bills.

If that were not enough, the cost of other goods is going up too.

Annual food bills are going up by around £180 as the cost of living crisis continues to squeeze households.

Council tax bills will increase by around £100 in April because of the spiraling cost of social care.

Workers will pay higher National Insurance bills from April, when the tax is due to rise by 1.25 percentage points – an extra £255.40 a year for someone earning £30,000.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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