Water bills may rise up 40 per cent​

Reports indicate that water bills could rise by up to 40 percent as the ongoing cost of living crisis continues to impact ordinary citizens in the UK.

Emerging information suggests that water utilities are outlining plans to raise household charges between 2025 and 2030.

This purported increase is intended to contribute to covering the expenses associated with addressing repair costs resulting from sewage spills by water companies, which are in turn linked to the effects of climate change.

Although the exact figures won’t be disclosed until the following year, these potential increases could translate to average bills surging by as much as £230. This means that a typical household’s bills might escalate from £450 to £680, with inflation applying in specific regions. This is occurring despite water companies facing criticism for wasting hundreds of millions of liters of water daily through leaks and the discharge of sewage into the country’s watercourses.

In 2021, Southern Water was handed an unprecedented £90 million fine for discharging untreated sewage into rivers and coastal waters after admitting to nearly 7,000 instances of violating regulations.

The company is reportedly proposing to hike its charges for customers from £432 annually to a minimum of £677 by 2030, making it one of the most substantial proposed increases.

Water companies in England have been asked to submit investment proposals aimed at addressing pollution resulting from sewage discharge by the autumn. This process is supervised by the water regulatory authority, Ofwat.

The funds would be partially allocated to improving storm overflows that discharge near bathing areas and ecologically significant sites.

Public consultation documents reviewed by The Times show that, to secure funding for these efforts, most companies are seeking regulatory approval for average real-term price hikes of 25 percent between 2025 and 2030.

Water UK, the body representing these water companies, has recently apologised for sewage spills and pledged to allocate £10 billion by 2030 to address this issue.