Price rise in the pipeline for water charges

HOMEOWNERS in the borough are facing a 2.2 per cent increase in their water bills from April 1.

Northumbrian Water revealed the price rise on Tuesday – although the new charges for drinking water and sewerage services will be amongst the cheapest in the country.

The charges, set by water regulator Ofwat in 2009, will mean the average bill for 2013-14 will be £359.42, up from £351.61.

The average increase will be around 15p a week for customers.

Officials at the company say they are working to maintain and improve drinking water quality through its 16,000kms of water pipes and protect the environment, investing £875m from 2010 to 2015.

Work is also taking place to protect and improve the environment, including reducing the risk of homes being flooded.

Chief executive Heidi Mottram said: “Although appreciating that any increase in charges will not be welcomed our household customers will still pay an average of less than £1 per day for all their drinking water and sewerage services which represents great value for money.

“We are also continuing to ensure that we run our business as efficiently and sustainably as possible to the benefit of all our customers and stakeholders.

“We are pleased that this on-going investment programme not only delivers improvements for our customers, but is also helping to provide much needed job security in the regions we supply.”