Water Charges

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Conservative, Harlow

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the average household water bill in each (a) region and (b) nation in each of the last five years.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Ofwat is the economic regulator of water and sewerage companies in England and Wales. It holds average water bill information for each water company in England and Wales and calculates a sector wide average bill.

Ofwat does not hold information on average bills for Scotland or Northern Ireland.

A table showing average household water bills in each region and in England and Wales, in each of the last five years, is as follows.

Real (2012-13 prices) average water only bills(1)
£
  Confirmed figures Provisional figures Forecast Figures
  2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Water and sewerage companies                
Anglian 171 179 188 188 190 186 188 189
Dwr Cymru (Welsh Water) 178 181 184 187 188 182 181 178
Northumbrian 140 144 147 145 145 156 161 161
Essex and Suffolk (Water only) 177 182 187 188 189 206 215 217
Severn Trent 162 166 167 165 167 175 172 171
South West 188 205 222 224 227 228 229 228
Southern 132 138 140 139 139 142 146 149
Thames 186 192 200 200 202 208 202 199
United Utilities 168 176 183 185 186 191 192 190
Wessex 183 199 215 221 219 223 230 234
Yorkshire 160 165 167 169 169 166 165 166
                 
Water only companies                
Bristol 162 164 168 172 171 172 175 181
Cambridge 133 132 135 126 128 128 126 127
Dee Valley 145 140 137 142 140 142 144 145
Portsmouth 100 99 100 102 102 97 96 94
Sembcorp Bournemouth Water 159 161 161 157 150 157 155 153
South East (including 'Mid Kent Water' from 2008-09) 198 183 191 188 191 195 205 204
Mid Kent Water(2) 185 180 181
South Staffordshire Water 128 132 135 136 137 140 138 140
Sutton and East Surrey 185 186 187 181 180 180 177 181
Veolia Water Central (formerly Three Valleys Water) 175 173 176 173 175 179 179 174
Veolia Water East (formerly Tendring Hundred) 210 202 189 186 187 180 176 173
Veolia Water South East (formerly Folkestone and Dover) 192 200 206 200 198 194 192 188
                 
Industry average bill 133 140 150 157 162 166 174 182
(1) Average bills take account of both metered and unmetered bills. (2) Mid Kent Water merged with South East Water in 2008-09.

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