Water companies plan high prices, warns groupIncreases of up to 29% planned

08 April 2009

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Several regions are likely to see water bills shoot up over the next few years, according to the Consumer Council for Water (CCW).

While Dŵr Cymru (Welsh Water) plans to freeze average prices until 2014, several other water companies are planning price rises over the same period.

Bristol Water plans to increase average prices by 29%, while others planning hikes include Sutton & East Surrey Water, with a proposed increase of 27%, and South East Water, with 23%.

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Water company plans

A CCW spokesman said: ‘Some companies, such as Bristol Water, Sutton & East Surrey Water, and South East Water, have plans which remain out of line with what many of their customers would find acceptable.’

The proposed price changes were published in water companies’ business plans.

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