Jersey Water has today published its 2017 charges for water. From April, prices for water and standing charges will increase by approximately 2%. This is the equivalent of 2 pence per day for the average household.
Helier Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Jersey Water said: “We work hard to keep price rises to a minimum and have managed to limit the increase to 2%. This is despite continuing inflationary pressures and the additional costs associated with the discovery of Oxadixyl and other pesticides in 2016. We have absorbed much of the ongoing cost associated with the additional specialist treatment and six-fold increase in laboratory analyses that we have had to put in place. After inflation the price of water has decreased by 8.2% over the last decade.”
“We continue to invest in extending the mains network and last year connected nearly 400 homes to mains water for the first time.”
“At the beginning of the year, following one of the driest winters in decades, island water resources were at their lowest winter level since 2001. Reserves have recovered to around 85% after the recent rainfall but are still unusually low for this time of year. This is therefore a good time to remind customers of the benefits of managing water consumption both in terms of saving water and keeping bills down.”
“Customers are encouraged to use our website where they can access a free online water savings calculator produced by our partner, SaveWaterSaveMoney. The calculator provides water and energy savings tips tailored to each customer’s specific circumstances and recommends water saving devices to help reduce water consumption in the home. These devices are available free of charge from the Jersey Water website.