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Jersey Water postpones plans to raise prices during Coronavirus outbreak

The company says planned tariff increases of 2.7% planned for 1 April will not introduced untill 1 June. Credit: PA

Jersey Water has postponed plans to raise its prices during the Coronavirus outbreak so people are not put off from washing their hands.

The company says planned tariff increases of 2.7%, planned for 1 April, will not be introduced until 1 June.

It comes as health officials have advised the best protection from the virus is to regularly wash their hands with soap and water.

Following the first confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the island, Jersey Water has invoked its contingency plans designed to ensure the continued supply of water to Island homes and businesses.

– Jersey Water

People are encouraged to wash their hands for 20 seconds, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson instructing the public to wash their hands for the length of time it takes to sing happy birthday twice.

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Washing hands thoroughly and often and maintaining hygiene is critical in protecting against the spread of Covid-19. We have deferred our tariff increase to allay any concerns by customers over the amount of additional water they may be using as they practise good hygiene.

We are conscious that we all have a role to play in containing the spread of the virus and the important role that water plays in our daily lives, particularly now, with the need for heightened hygiene standards.

– Helier Smith, Jersey Water’s Chief Executive

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