Water companies seek 30% price hike in opening shot for AMP4

The process to determine water bills in England and Wales between 2005 and 2010 began in earnest in September when water companies tabled opening bids which would see average bills rise by over 30% over that period - with United Utilities proposing a whacking 71% increase. The environment agencies responded by setting out their priorities for tackling pollution, habitat damage and water leakage - but, with spending on asset maintenance and affordability of water bills high on the political agenda, they face difficulties in getting the bulk of their programme accepted.

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