Water rates will be rising

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WATER rates will be increasing again in 2012.

Southern Water, which takes care of both water supply and sewerage, will have the biggest increase in the UK, with an 8.2 per cent rise.

That means customers will pay an extra £31 on their annual bill, bringing the total for water supply to £149 and for sewerage to £267. The national average is £376.

While the change is the highest, Southern Water’s prices are not the most expensive, as South West Water claims the title with a water bill of £228 and a sewerage bill of £315.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth Water is still the cheapest water-only supplier in the country, and the only one with annual prices under £100.

It too will be increasing its rates by 3.3 per cent to £94 – an increase of £3 a year.