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The cost to plug the "water poverty gap" could be up to £720 million, according to a report commissioned by Water UK. It shows the number of people living in water poverty in England and Wales is greater than previously calculated as of 2019/20, with more than 4 million households struggling to pay their bills.
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Household water bills are set to drop by an average of £2 from April, which after inflation will be the same rate as a decade ago. Bills and reductions vary between companies, but most households will save at a time when more customers across England and Wales are accessing payment support schemes than ever before.
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The climate crisis is the biggest challenge we are facing and we cannot expect politicians to sort it out: we all have a part to play, writes Christine McGourty, chief executive of Water UK
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The majority of householders have no conception of how much water they use, with 78 per cent believing they consume under 60 litres a day. This is according to a new survey from Water UK, which says the results underline the need for education around the value of water to help people lower their usage.
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A working group formed by Ofwat and the industry will examine the impacts that coronavirus has had on how the water sector operates as well as what potential future impacts will be on the businesses
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The Committee on Climate Change has called on Defra to increase water metering, set more ambitious leakage and consumption targets and introduce mandatory water efficiency labelling. Anglian Water's climate change and carbon manager Matt Pluke welcomed the recognition of the water sector’s role in achieving the net zero target but said more needs to be done to eliminate emissions from heating.
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The trade body for the water industry has urged householders to be mindful of their usage at peak times as demand reached its highest ever point amid the continued lockdown and sunny weather. According to data from Water UK, people are currently using an average of 20 per cent more water, with some areas seeing up to a 40 per cent increase.
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Ofwat has proposed capping bad debt to protect the water retail market and allowing retailers to defer up to 40 per cent of payment until next year to weather the storm presented by coronavirus. However the regulator stressed the burden must not fall upon wholesalers to provide liquidity for the market.
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Water UK, on behalf of wholesalers, has told Ofwat that water retailers should pay 70 per cent of wholesale charges to ensure liquidity remains in the market. As part of Ofwat's consultation to find an enduring solution during coronavirus the group urged the regulator to avoid any moves that could disrupt the market's stability.
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