Water supplier Scottish Water is putting its prices up for the first time in four years this April.
The below inflation rise of 2.8% will affect 2.4 million households across Scotland served by the firm such as those in Fife (pictured). The rise has been agreed with the economic regulator, the Water Industry Commission for Scotland.
Scottish Water’s charges for water and waste water collection will rise this April for the first time in four years, but below the rate of inflation.
The supplier says the average for customers across Scotland in 2013-14 will be around £334 which it expects to be around £50 below the average charge of the private water companies in England and Wales.
Interim chief executive Douglas Millican said: “We are working hard to ensure that in the next few years, charges remain stable while we continue to deliver vital investment.”
Scottish Water is in the process of spending £2.5billion on upgrading its water infrastructure. Mr Millican added: “We believe these charges are a fair deal for our customers in these challenging economic conditions.”