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As the cost-of-living crisis rages on millions of Brits will now be hit with huge hikes to their water bills.

The rises of up to £71 a year from April 1 come as there is concern over shareholder dividends handed out by water companies and outrage over sewage flowing into the seas.

Hafren Dyfrdwy has the highest increase for customers with bills soaring by 19 percent. Their bills will go from £362 in 2023/2024 to £433 in 2024/2025.

The next highest increase is from Wessex Water which will see an increase of 12.1 percent, meaning bills will rise from £489 to £548 over the same period.

At the other end of the scale Dwr Cymru Welsh Water will see their bills actually drop by 3.9 percent – from £512 to £492. Firms say they are investing billions to ensure supply security and reduce the amount of sewage in our waters.

And despite the many increases across the country, water companies also say that there is help out there for those struggling to make ends meet.

Water UK chief executive David Henderson said: “Next year will see record levels of investment from water companies to secure the security of our water supply in the future and significantly reduce the amount of sewage in rivers and seas.

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“Up and down the country customers will see the results of this investment with more than 2,000 kilometres of pipes being repaired or replaced and more capacity to treat sewage than ever before.

“At the same time support for customers is doubling with more than two million families now being with helped with their bills.

“Anyone with worries should contact their water company and, it is worth remembering, water companies will never cut anyone off or make them use a prepayment meter.”

Water companies also have a social tariff scheme which can help reduce bills for those on a low income.

Here we list the rises (and decreases) by company from 2022/2023 to 2024/2025 as well as the pecentage the bills have increased by.

Anglican – £489 to £529 (8.2 percent)

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water – £512 to £492 (-3.9 percent)

Hafren Dyfrdwy – £362 to £433 (19.6 percent)

Northumbrian Water – £387 to £422 (9 percent)

Severn Trent – £411 to £438 (6.6 percent)

South West – £488 to £486 (-0.4 percent)

Southern Water – £428 to £479 (11.9 percent)

Thames Water – £456 to £471 (3.3 percent)

United Utilities – £446 to £481 (7.8 percent)

Wessex Water – £489 to £548 (12.1 percent)

Yorkshire Water – £440 to £467 (6.1 percent)

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