AW seeks to reassure over water bills

SHAUN LOWTHORPE Bosses at Anglian Water yesterday insisted that increased spending for flood defences should not affect water bills in the short term.

SHAUN LOWTHORPE

Bosses at Anglian Water yesterday insisted that increased spending for flood defences should not affect water bills in the short term.

Last week, Baroness Young, head of the Environment Agency, said bills would have to rise if the country was to be safeguarded from the effects of climate change and insurers also warned of an increase in premiums.

But an Anglian Water spokesman said prices had already been set between 2005 and 2010.

"Water bills pay for water and wastewater services and do not include flood defences, so unless pay systems change then increased expenditure for flood defences should not affect water bills at this point," she said.

"However, some aspects of drainage are the responsibility of water companies and Anglian Water will be assessing these as part of the next price review."

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