UPDATE: Water bills to be cut for householders across Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: Water company to freeze and cut bills for households and businesses Water company to freeze and cut bills for households and businesses

A DRINKING water utility company has announced plans to cut household and business supply bills.

Sembcorp Bournemouth Water, which supplies around half a million people in Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire, said today that it would freeze prices until April 2015, then cut bills for following 12 months.

Increases in subsequent years up until 2020 will be kept below inflation.

Managing director Roger Harrington said: “We've listened to a lot of customers over the last two years, and taken on board their feedback to help us review and update our plans for the future.

“By cutting bills and improving the service we will be doing more for less, 11 per cent less.”

In plans submitted to industry regulator OFWAT - which will impose price limits late next year - the firm proposes to reduce leakage by five per cent, fix leaks faster, reduce the risk of service interruptions and reduce the amount of energy used to deliver water by eight per cent.

Wessex Water, which supplies water over the rest of Dorset, as well as sewerage services for the whole county, has also announced plans to cut bills.

While the firm proposes to invest around £1.2 billion in improving infrastructure between 2015 and 2020, it says bills will fall in real terms from 2014 with the average household bill in 2019-20 being £454, compared with the current average bill of £479 a year.

Chairman Colin Skellett added: “Although our water and sewerage bills represent just over one per cent of average household expenditure, we recognise that the economic climate means some customers find it difficult to pay, which is why we plan to do even more to help those customers who are struggling to pay by extending our offering of social tariffs and our assistance programme tap – the most extensive range of affordability measures in the UK.”

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1:26pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Isosceles says...

Latest Echo 'journalist' joke - Water company to freeze (:o))
Latest Echo 'journalist' joke - Water company to freeze (:o)) Isosceles

11:28pm Mon 2 Dec 13

pac31 says...

Well some good news for once. Shame for the rest of the utility company's who rip us of year after year.
Well some good news for once. Shame for the rest of the utility company's who rip us of year after year. pac31

12:48am Tue 3 Dec 13

billd766 says...

Out here in Thailand my water bill is about 4p per 1,000 litres of water supplied and about £6 for every time I call the honey truck out to empty the septic tank. The downside is that we sometimes don't get any water for 6 weeks in the dry season but the local fire service come around and fill peoples storage tanks free.
The resort next door during that time pay £5 or £6 for a 4,000 litre tanker load.
Out here in Thailand my water bill is about 4p per 1,000 litres of water supplied and about £6 for every time I call the honey truck out to empty the septic tank. The downside is that we sometimes don't get any water for 6 weeks in the dry season but the local fire service come around and fill peoples storage tanks free. The resort next door during that time pay £5 or £6 for a 4,000 litre tanker load. billd766

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