Sutton and East Surrey Water supply water to nearly 700,000 people locally. They are currently consulting on their business plan that will set the price of our water bills up until 2020. They are proposing to increase bills by £7 to £193 (excluding inflation). This will enable them to reduce leakage, the number of burst pipes and introduce a discounted tariff for those most in need.
Sutton and East Surrey Water are asking local residents for their views on this proposed increase and you can respond by clicking on:-https://www.waterplc.com/pages/about/draft-business-plan-2015-2020-feedback/. In addition, they are asking customers for their views on the following choices and the impact they would have on your bills:
- -£3 No resilience programme
- +£3 Install a further 32,000 meters
- +£5 An accelerated resilience programme
- +£2 Reduce leakage by a further 500,000 litres
You can make your views known by completing the company’s online survey. But I also want to know what you think about Sutton and East Surrey Water’s proposals, so that I can pass your comments onto Ofwat, the water regulator, which, ultimately will set your water bill until 2020. Should water bills be increased by £7 so leaks can be reduced, resilience of the network increased and more meters installed? Should we be investing more in our water network?
Tom Brake Liberal Democrat for Carshalton and Wallington
Tom’s E-mail is:- firstname.lastname@example.org