Yorkshire Water trial to help consumers reduce bills

Customers ideintified as likely to be paying more for water will be offered to use a meter for two years

Water bills to rise by 2% on average this year

The average household water and sewerage bill in England and Wales is to increase by 2% this year. That will add around £6 in April, taking the total bill to £395 on average. The prices for 2017/18 are in line with the five-year plans developed by every water and sewerage company following extensive consultations with […]

Businesses in England can switch water suppliers from 2017

Businesses and public bodies are expected to save thousands of pounds when given the freedom to choose their water and sewerage suppliers from 2017, it was announced yesterday. Debating the second reading of the Water Bill in the House of Commons, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson (pictured) said the main focus of the Bill is the […]

Water Bill swamped with competition not flood protection

MPs believe new water sector legislation won’t do enough to protect homes and businesses from flooding. New laws which would boost competition in the new Water Bill today got a cautious welcome from MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. However they say in a new report the Government has been “too slow” […]

Water Bill to open market and save £2 billion

Businesses in England will be allowed to switch water suppliers in the future and this could potentially save £2 billion for the economy, it was announced today. The news comes as Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman launched the draft Water Bill this afternoon in a bid to reform the water industry by driving innovation and opening […]

Poor households to get help with water bills

Poorer households could get a helping hand with their water bills under new government guidance published today. After consulting on the plans, Defra has laid out guidance for new “social tariffs” – which give water companies room to introduce new lower tariffs for customers who are struggling to pay their bills. An estimated 2.4 million […]

Water White Paper makes splash

The white paper, Water for Life, published this morning lays out plans to deregulate water markets, help customers negotiate better services and prices from suppliers, open up the sector for new entrants in the water market and encourage local organisations to get more involved in improving the water quality of rivers. Defra also wants water […]