Scottish Water announce rise in household charges

Scottish Water’s household charges will rise this April, 2014, by 1.6 per cent – one per cent below the level of inflation.

This is only the second rise since 2009 and signals a determination to build on customer service improvements in recent years, maintain investment in upgrades to water works and pipes and ensure services are ready for the future.

Water charges in Scotland are expected to remain well below the average household charges of private water companies in England and Wales.

Annual council tax bills being delivered through letter boxes will include combined water supply and waste water collection charges that come into effect from April 1, 2014. The average Scottish Water charge for households across Scotland in 2014/15 will be around £339 - less than a £1 a day.

It means, for example, customers living in a Band A property will pay £4.26p extra next year. Those in a Band D property will pay an additional £6.39p over the year.

Household charges had remained unchanged from April 2009 until April 2013, when they increased by less than inflation.

The below inflation rise for 2014/15 signals continued stability in water and waste water bills for Scotland, at the same time as Scottish Water is delivering one of the largest investment programmes per household in the UK.