Annual bill

Average annual water and sewerage charges across England and Wales households

£395 Average combined bill (water & sewerage)
Equivalent to
£1.08
per day

Source: Water UK; England and Wales, forecast average bill for Apr 2017 - Mar 2018

This compares to the average annual dual fuel (gas and electricity) bill of £1,066 (Source: Ofgem data portal, 31 Jan 2017)

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Why do water and sewerage bills vary?

The regions which companies serve vary substantially according to their environment, availability of water and whether people live in cities, towns or the countryside. All these things affect costs – and hence bills – significantly.

Companies work out what services their customers need and expect, and develop plans for the future based on this. Customers’ priorities vary across the country, so companies’ plans do as well. The regulator, Ofwat, reviews these plans and sets limits for the prices companies can charge.

Bills for individual customers can vary too – if you’ve got a meter, depending on how much water you use, or if you haven’t got a meter, depending on your property’s rateable value or assessed water use.  Discover Water shows average bills for each company.

Average annual household combined water and sewerage bills (£)

The graph shows each company's average household combined water and sewerage bill for the latest year.

Why isn’t my company on the graph?

Most people get their water and sewerage service from the same company. But in some parts of the country, customers get their water from one company and their sewerage service from another. If the company which provides your water isn’t on this graph, you’ll probably find it on the graph of water bills, although there are some local water companies supplying small areas whose bills aren't shown.

      Forecast average annual household combined water and sewerage bills (£)

      Source: Water UK

      Average annual household combined water and sewerage bills (£)

      The graph shows each company's average combined water and sewerage bills for the last three years.

      Why isn’t my company on the graph?

      Most people get their water and sewerage service from the same company. But in some parts of the country, customers get their water from one company and their sewerage service from another. If the company which provides your water isn’t on this graph, you’ll find it on the graph of water bills.

          Average annual household combined water and sewerage bills (£). Average bills are forecasts for 2017-18, provisional figures for 2016-17 and final figures for 2015-16.

          Source: Water UK

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          AVERAGE WATER BILL
          £185
          What's Included
          • Maintaining the network of reservoirs, treatment works, pumping stations and pipes
          • Gathering and collecting the water from rivers and reservoirs or pumping it from underground rocks
          • Storing the water ready to be treated
          • Treating, cleaning and distributing water to properties
          AVERAGE SEWERAGE BILL
          £210
          What's Included
          • Building and maintaining sewer pipes
          • Pumping sewage to treatment works
          • Various stages and methods of treatment
          • Flowing cleaned and treated wastewater back into rivers and the sea
          • Converting solid material from sewage into gas for energy

          Source: Water UK; England and Wales, forecast average bill for Apr 2017 - Mar 2018

          Average annual water and sewerage bills

          WATER BILL (£)
          Source: Water UK
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          Why do water bills vary?

          The regions companies serve vary substantially according to their environment, availability of water and whether people live in cities, towns or the countryside.  All these things affect costs – and hence bills – significantly.

          Companies work out what services their customers need and expect, and develop plans for the future based on this. Customers’ priorities vary across the country, so companies’ plans do as well. The regulator, Ofwat, reviews these plans and sets limits for the prices companies can charge.

          Bills for individual customers can vary too – if you’ve got a meter, depending on how much water you use, or if you haven’t got a meter, depending on your property’s rateable value or assessed water use.  DiscoverWater.co.uk shows average bills for each company.

          Average annual household water bills (£)

          The graph shows each company's average household water bills for the latest year.

              Forecast average annual household water bills (£)​

              Source: Water UK

              Average annual household water bills (£)

              The graph shows each company's average household water bill for the last three years.

                  Average annual household combined water bills (£). Average bills are forecasts for 2017-18, provisional figures for 2016-17 and final figures for 2015-16.

                  Source: Water UK

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                  SEWERAGE BILL (£)
                  Source: Water UK
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                  Why do sewerage bills vary?

                  The regions companies serve vary substantially according to their environment, availability of water and whether people live in cities, towns or the countryside.  All these things affect costs – and hence bills – significantly.

                  Companies work out what services their customers need and expect, and develop plans for the future based on this. Customers’ priorities vary across the country, so companies’ plans do as well. The regulator, Ofwat, reviews these plans and sets limits for the prices companies can charge.

                  Bills for individual customers can vary too – if you’ve got a meter, depending on how much water you use, or if you haven’t got a meter, depending on your property’s rateable value or assessed water use. DiscoverWater.co.uk shows average bills for each company.

                  Average annual household sewerage bills (£)

                  The graph shows each company's average household sewerage bill for the latest year.

                      Forecast average annual household sewerage bills (£)​​

                      Source: Water UK

                      Average annual household sewerage bills (£)

                      The graph shows each company's average household sewerage bills for the last three years.

                          Average annual household combined sewerage bills (£). Average bills are forecasts for 2017-18, provisional figures for 2016-17 and final figures for 2015-16.

                          Source: Water UK

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                          Source: Water UK

                          Why do water bills vary?

                          The regions companies serve vary substantially according to their environment, availability of water and whether people live in cities, towns or the countryside.  All these things affect costs – and hence bills – significantly.

                          Companies work out what services their customers need and expect, and develop plans for the future based on this. Customers’ priorities vary across the country, so companies’ plans do as well. The regulator, Ofwat, reviews these plans and sets limits for the prices companies can charge.

                          Bills for individual customers can vary too – if you’ve got a meter, depending on how much water you use, or if you haven’t got a meter, depending on your property’s rateable value or assessed water use.  DiscoverWater.co.uk shows average bills for each company.

                          Average annual household water bills (£)

                          The graph shows each company's average household water bills for the latest year.

                              Forecast average annual household water bills (£)​

                              Source: Water UK

                              Average annual household water bills (£)

                              The graph shows each company's average household water bill for the last three years.

                                  Average annual household combined water bills (£). Average bills are forecasts for 2017-18, provisional figures for 2016-17 and final figures for 2015-16.

                                  Source: Water UK

                                  Want to know more about what your company is doing with the money from bills?
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                                  Why do sewerage bills vary?

                                  The regions companies serve vary substantially according to their environment, availability of water and whether people live in cities, towns or the countryside.  All these things affect costs – and hence bills – significantly.

                                  Companies work out what services their customers need and expect, and develop plans for the future based on this. Customers’ priorities vary across the country, so companies’ plans do as well. The regulator, Ofwat, reviews these plans and sets limits for the prices companies can charge.

                                  Bills for individual customers can vary too – if you’ve got a meter, depending on how much water you use, or if you haven’t got a meter, depending on your property’s rateable value or assessed water use. DiscoverWater.co.uk shows average bills for each company.

                                  Average annual household sewerage bills (£)

                                  The graph shows each company's average household sewerage bill for the latest year.

                                      Forecast average annual household sewerage bills (£)​​

                                      Source: Water UK

                                      Average annual household sewerage bills (£)

                                      The graph shows each company's average household sewerage bills for the last three years.

                                          Average annual household combined sewerage bills (£). Average bills are forecasts for 2017-18, provisional figures for 2016-17 and final figures for 2015-16.

                                          Source: Water UK

                                          Want to know more about what your company is doing with the money from bills?
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                                          • Water companies can't just set whatever bills they like - they have to follow strict rules set by the regulator, Ofwat, to make sure that bills are fair and provide value for money. And if companies don't deliver on their promises, Ofwat can step in and take action.

                                            Water and sewerage charges are set in five year periods. Companies are required to increase or reduce their charges depending on how much money Ofwat has determined they need to deliver their services. For the five years to 2020 the average water and sewerage bill will fall on average 5% before inflation.

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