HOUSEHOLDERS in Huddersfield can expect to see a cut in their bills from Yorkshire Water in the coming year.
Industry watchdog Ofwat said the average bill for domestic customers receiving their water and sewerage services from the firm would fall by about 0.8% or £3 to about £327 in 2010-11.
This follows Ofwat’s decision last November on the prices water and sewerage companies could charge customers between 2010 and 2015.
The regulator’s challenge of water companies’ investment proposals means that average bills across England and Wales will remain broadly stable until 2015 – and about 10% lower than the figures companies had sought.
Ofwat said its decision meant Bradford-based Yorkshire Water will be able to invest about £1.9bn in maintaining and improving services to customers over the next five years.
During that period, average water and sewerage bills will remain broadly stable – increasing by around £1 before inflation is considered.
Ofwat chief executive Regina Finn said: “We listened to Yorkshire's customers. They told us that their priority is safe, reliable water supplies at a reasonable cost.
“We’ve challenged Yorkshire to deliver that. Yet this is not just about keeping bills down, but about what customers get for their money.
"Making sure that we prepare for events such as flooding is vital.
“Investment will see more than half a million people across Yorkshire benefit from more secure supplies – for example, by protecting water treatment works from flooding and making sure customers are not reliant on a single water source.
“Investment has helped deliver a cleaner coastline across Yorkshire. Further work will help improve bathing water quality across the region, meaning cleaner beaches for us all to enjoy. Beaches set for improvement include Robin Hood’s Bay, Bridlington and Scarborough.Š
“We now need to make sure companies deliver on their promises. If they don’t, we will take action.”
The bill changes for this year will come into effect on April 1, 2010, and apply until March 31, 2011.