YORKSHIRE Water today revealed plans for an inflation-busting price rise.
The company plans to increase each customer's bill by £8.20 a year for the five years from 2005 - an average rise of 3.6% a year.
The proposals have been sent to industry regulator Ofwat as part of the company's 2005-2010 business plan.
Yorkshire Water said the increase was needed to meet the cost of meeting new European Union environmental rules and a "significant" rise in taxes which the company pays to the Government.
The increase will add an extra 15p a week to domestic customers' bills.
Yorkshire Water also said it planned to invest £1.3bn over the five years to improve the environment and the quality of water and sewerage service to its 4.7m business and domestic customers.