Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has told water firms it is "crucial" that water bills are kept affordable for "hardworking people".
We know that household budgets are under pressure, and keeping water bills affordable is a crucial way we can help hardworking people.
That is why we are pressing hard to make sure customers get a fair deal, by encouraging water companies to look closely at any price increases, introduce social tariffs for vulnerable customers and crack down on bad debt.
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