Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Water Bills Could Be Tanked-Up Even More

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Water Bills Could Be Tanked-Up Even More

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Byline: By Paul McMillan

Water bills which are already set to rise could soar even more, a consumer group warned today.

From April, Northumbrian Water's customers are expected to face a rise of pounds 21 in costs after an agreement reached with the industry regulator Ofwat last year.

This means an average bill of pounds 233 for thousands of homes in the region to make up for falling demand and unexpected costs incurred by the water giant.

Northumbrian has seen its revenue plummet by 25%, with falling demand from corporate users the main reason.

British water companies have already submitted their price review for 2005 to 2010 to the Government, but nothing has been finalised.

But consumer group WaterVoice warned those estimates may fall short and households could be left further out of pocket to cover the cost of EU directives, new taxation and accounting methods.

Maurice Terry, WaterVoice chairman, said: "There might be a sting in the tail of the 2004 Price Review if companies are required by the Government to aim for more ambitious environmental standards. …

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