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United Utilities

Volume 708: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask Ofwat to investigate why United Utilities have significantly increased water rates for north west sports clubs and sports establishments. [HL1190]

The increase in water bills for these customers was the consequence of United Utilities switching to site area charging for surface water drainage.

The Government understand that United Utilities now proposes to set its surface water drainage charges for 2009-10 at 2007-08 levels for customers such as faith buildings, community amateur sports clubs and properties owned by scout and guide associations (that is, at levels prior to the introduction of site area charging). United Utilities is also working to ensure that properties are charged correctly.

This is a very welcome step forward although we will continue to monitor this issue and engage further with Ofwat if necessary.