Water bills

The prices we pay for our water bills are regulated by Ofwat. The water industry is not as open to competition as most other areas in this Cut your bills section.

Most households in the UK do not have any choice as to who they get their water supply from. However, consumers can research the type of water they have to see whether they would be better off having a water meter and many people can save hundreds of pounds over just a few years.

Around thirty per cent of homes are charged based on having a water meter. This means your water bill is based on actual usage. Water meters are also used to calculate your sewerage bill.

However, around 70 per cent of households are still billed based on the water bill system. Here the price is fixed in a similar way to the Council tax bill, you are billed based on the rateable value of your home.

There are no plans at present to change this system and there is no appeal process to get the rateable assessment of your home changes (as there is with Council tax).

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