Jul 11, 2021

Thames Tideway seeks rise in water bills to cushion London sewer delays

Thames Tideway, the private company building the British capital's new sewer, is seeking to raise Londoners' water bills to cope with an extra £233m costs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thames Water's customers are currently paying for the £4.1bn cost of the tunnel through an £18 a year surcharge on their water bills, which could rise to between £20 and £25 if water regulator Ofwat agrees to the plans. Although the London tunnel is still being built, the developer is already receiving an income, paid for out of customer's water bills. "It has kept the project off balance sheet for Thames Water and the government but is ultimately proving expensive for consumers, who are having to pay for a service, even before they receive it," he said. "We are also having to pay two sets of management fees - to Thames Water and to Thames Tideway - which is not insignificant," he added.

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