Average UK water bills 2022: how much you should be paying and how to cut your water bill


Updated on 10 February 2022 | 1 Comment

Households will see their UK water bill rise by up to £35 from April. Here's how much you'll pay this year and how to cut your bill further (even if you aren't on a water meter).

Households have been told to prepare for another price hike, with the average UK water and sewerage bill set to rise from April.

Water UK, which represents and works with the major water and sewerage service providers, has announced that the average UK Water bill in England and Wales will increase slightly from £412 to £419 over the course of the 2022/23 financial year.

It’s worth noting that this is just the average change though, with the actual adjustment to your bill varying based on where you live and your water supplier.

Some households could be hit with bill hikes of up to £35 in the Spring. 

In this article, we'll show the price announced by each region's water provider, explain how the average bill is calculated and reveal how you can reduce your water bill – even if you don't use a water meter.

Finally, if you're struggling to cover your bills, here's where you can get help with water bill debt.

Water UK reckons that a whopping 1.1 million households are now receiving some form of support with their water bills, a record high, with more than 100,000 given payment breaks since the start of the pandemic.

Average UK bills where you live

As the table below demonstrates, there are some huge variances in how people’s bills will change next year.

If you’re a Northumbrian customer you'll see bills jump by more than 10%, while there are also going to be noticeable increases for Anglian and Severn Trent customers.

By contrast, Southern and South Western customers will see a sizeable bill fall.

Check the table below for the average UK water bill where you live. Please note, we’ve only included suppliers that provide both water and sewerage services.

Water supplier

Average 2022/23 water bill

Average 2021/22 water bill

Change

Anglian

£453

£430

5.3%

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

£463

£462

0.2%

Hafren Dyfrdwy

£334

£315

6%

Northumbrian

£365

£330

10.6%

Severn Trent

£389

£363

7.2%

South West

£522

£553

-5.6%

Southern

£402

£420

-4.3%

Thames

£423

£420

0.7%

United Utilities

£422

£425

-0.7%

Wessex

£470

£455

3.3%

Yorkshire

£419

£426

-1.6%

 

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How is the average water bill calculated?

Your water usage may not actually have much correlation with your water bill.

That’s certainly the case if you don’t have a water meter. In this instance, your bill will be made up of a fixed charge (which covers things like admin) and a charge based on the ‘rateable value’ of your home.

This is the local authority’s assessment of the rental value of your property.

Unfortunately, these ratings took place between 1973 and 1990, so they're not exactly up to date.

You can’t appeal if you think the rateable value is too high either. Your bill is out of your hands and completely unrelated to your actual water use. Good news if you use a lot of it, not so good if you don’t.

In which case, you might want to switch to a metered bill. This means your bill will be made up of a fixed charge and a volumetric charge, covering your exact use.

Whether this means your bill goes down or up really is in your control.

To see if a water meter might save you some cash, try your provider's water meter calculator. 

Switching to a water meter doesn’t have to be a permanent move either. You can switch back to unmetered bills within the first 12 months, so why not give it a try? If your bills go up, just switch back!

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Can I cut my water bill?

If you are on a water meter, then there are things you can do to reduce your bills.

Simple steps like taking a shower rather than a bath, turning off the tap when brushing your teeth and fixing leaky taps can all make a difference.

Most water companies offer widgets and gadgets to help you cut your water use. Many are free too so be sure to check out your provider’s site.

Even if you aren't on a water bill, it is still possible to make a saving by taking out a reward current account, which pays cashback on a range of household bills, including water bills.

Admittedly, your savings won't be massive, but when your options for cutting bills are limited then every saving helps.

Read the best current accounts for rewards and cashback for more options.

Want to save even more? Slashing your other monthly costs couldn't be easier. Have a look at our simple guides to cutting your grocery costs and saving on your petrol/diesel costs

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