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Water company announces price rise

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Essex and Suffolk Water has announced its bills are to rise in line with inflation. The average bill for 2013-14 will rise to £221 from £215 in the previous year - that's up by 2.95 per cent. The water company says it's investing an average of £75 million on essential improvements each year.