Monday, 11 February 2013

Water companies set for £1.5billion profits - but bills will still go up


Greedy water companies are set to announce a surge in ­profits on the back of soaring bills.

The news comes just days after industry regulator Ofwat gave ­suppliers permission to increase prices by yet another 3.5 per cent in April.

Customers now face average annual bills of £388, a rise of £13.

Industry analysts expect three of Britain’s biggest privatised water firms to ­announce combined profits of nearly ­£1.5billion in May.

United Utilities, which supplies ­water in the North West, is forecastto have made ­£627million in the year to March, up from £594m. South West Water’s owner Pennon is due to unveil profits of £273m, up from £268m.

Earnings at Severn Trent, which supplies the Midlands, are ­expected to hit £525m, up from £504m.

Water firms say price increases will help pay for an investment programme costing £25m between 2010 and 2015.

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