Scottish Water has announced price rises for April 2013, the first in four years, but the increase is below the rate of inflation.
The combined water supply and waste water collection charges for the 2.4 million households across Scotland will increase by a below inflation 2.8 per cent, the first increase since 2009.
The level of increase in charges is based on the RPI (Retail Price Index) in October of 3.2 per cent and is agreed with economic regulator the Water Industry Commission for Scotland.
The average Scottish Water charge for households across Scotland in 2013/14 will be around £334.
Douglas Millican, interim chief executive, said:
“Our customers are continuing to see value in the charges they pay and improved service. The quality of our drinking water is the best it has ever been, we are continuing to improve the natural environment across Scotland, cutting water leaking from our pipes and customer service is continuing to improve.
“We believe these charges are a fair deal for our customers in these challenging economic conditions.
“These charges are helping to pay for the current £2.5 billion investment programme which is delivering the investment that Scotland needs in its water infrastructure while providing thousands of construction jobs. Millions of people are turning on their taps to clearer, fresher drinking water, enjoying a cleaner environment and receiving improved customer service as a result.”