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Water bills to rise by 3.5% over the next year

The regulator Ofwat has announced average household water and sewerage bill in England and Wales is set to increase by 3.5% over the next year.

Households will pay an average of £388 from April 2013 to March 2014 - 0.5% above the rate of inflation.

Back in 2009, companies wanted bills rises of 10% above inflation. That didn't chime with what customers told us they wanted, so we said they could only increase bills in line with inflation.

We understand that there is huge pressure on household incomes, and any rise is unwelcome. Inflation is driving these increases.

– Regina Finn , Ofwat chief executive

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