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Water Charges

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what were the average charges in each water authority area during the years 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79 and 1979–80; and what will be the average charges in each water authority in England and Wales in 1980–81 for (a) unmetered supplies, pence in the £ sterling, and (b) metered supplies, pence per 1,000 gallons.

The following table gives details of the average equated rate poundage for unmeasured water supply and average measured charge per 1,000 gallons for each year from 1975–76 to 1980–81 inclusive. The information is based on the water authorities final budget estimates for each year in question.

AuthorityAverage Equated rate poundage for Unmeasured Water Supply. (See footnote)Average Measured Charge per 1,000 gallons
1975–761976–771977–781978–791979–801980–811975–761916–111977–781978–791979–801980–81
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NorthWest8·79·6010·6211·812·6015·6042·548·053·060·760·475·90
Northumbrian8·8310·2412·8812·912·7214·5737·8545·256·567·660·867·28
Severn-Trent7·28·709·009·0010·212·1042·353·057·657·665·580·00
Yorkshire10·0611·7013·8016·0017·121·0040·9150·860·2868·8374·1090·90
Anglian7·69·7011·4010·612·3815·6437·856·770·3074·786·0106·00
Thames3·854·885·495·986·868·6735·045·051·056·559·071·00
Southern6·77·508·709·510·0130·043·247·056·060·064·180·00
Wessex7·59·4011·4013·816·018·6045·7450·162·777·4687·2497·97
SouthWest9·612·1014·1014·716·018·5048·759·669·880·284·597·70
Welsh16·019·0021·2019·021·0225·2851·756·064·064·074·086·40
National Average6·878·199·229·710·7013·1842·3750·458·363·767·8282·29

Footnote

The average equated rate poundage takes account of any standing charge that are, in certain cases levied by Water authorities for unmeasured water supplies. It has not been practicable to adjust the measured charge per 1,000 gallons for standing charges.