Average household charged 50p a day
Tuesday 04 May 1993
There are large regional differences. South West Water has the highest average bill and highest increase - pounds 266 and 14 per cent - mainly because of a pounds 1bn investment programme for cleaning up the region's many sewage-polluted bathing beaches. Severn Trent, which has no beaches, has one of the lowest average bills, pounds 164.
'We've got the best drinking water in Europe . . . probably,' said Janet Langdon, director of the Water Services Association, which represents the big 10 water companies of England and Wales. She cannot substantiate her claim because no other European water utility is obliged to collate, analyse and make public the huge volume of data on tap water sampling. Last year's report by the Drinking Water Inspectorate, the industry's third regulator, found that, of nearly three million samples, more than 98 per cent complied with EC standards.
Between 1989 and next year, water bills will have risen by pounds 43 on average, according to Ofwat. By 2000, average water bills could be pounds 255 and pounds 345 five years thereafter. This is Ofwat's 'pure and green scenario', based on striving towards ever higher environmental and drinking water quality.
'Pure bloody guesswork,' one irritated National Rivers Authority executive said. The NRA is angry that Ofwat has attached a high price tag to one of its most cherished objectives - the implementation of 'statutory water quality' objectives for rivers. When approved, these would set a legal quality standard for every stretch of river - anyone using it to dump effluent would be obliged to work towards achieving that standard.
Ofwat fears these objectives will push up sewage bills endlessly. But the NRA said that in many cases the likely objectives were already being met. If the water companies were forced to steadily improve efficiency and find cheaper ways of borrowing money the bills they will be sending to customers in 2000 could be up to pounds 30 cheaper than they would otherwise have been, Ian Byatt, Ofwat's director, argued.
All the signs are that in setting his price caps for 1995- 2000 he will not want water bills to go up by more than 2 per cent a year above the inflation rate.
- 1 Crystal meth addict 'gouged out his eyes and ate them' while high on drug, Australian MP claims
- 2 As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
- 3 The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
- 4 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 5 Toddler throws a tantrum at the White House – in front of Barack Obama
JK Rowling horrified by Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis's raunchy photoshoot
Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
Toddler throws a tantrum at the White House – in front of Barack Obama
Irish people are travelling home from all over the world so they can vote to legalise gay marriage
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...