Sarah Newton MP welcomes more investment and lower bills from South West Water

Sarah Newton, Member of Parliament for Truro and Falmouth, has welcomed the news that South West Water are working to reduce water bills even further.

South West Water has drawn up a new long-term plan which has been submitted for approval by the regulator Ofwat, and if passed could reduce bills by 13 percent by 2020 in real terms. This builds on the 7.2 percent reduction this year, thanks to the Government’s £50 rebate, and the freezing of tariffs until 2015.

The water company has also detailed its plans for significant investment across the South West with Cornwall benefiting from investment in the water system. Such large investments include £42 million to investigate and improve bathing water quality in areas such as Perranporth, £31 million to improve quality of shellfish waters including the River Fal, £25 million to improve drinking water quality and £9 million on a new Downstream Thinking scheme to cut the risk of sewer flooding and overflows which includes Truro and Falmouth.

Sarah Newton said: “I am delighted to see that South West Water have modified their plans so that in the coming years customers will see their bills fall while the standard of the water network improves. This work builds on the solid improvements that have already been made in Truro and Falmouth and across the whole Cornwall.

“There is, however, always more that can be done and I will continue to work with South West Water to ensure that attention is given and investment is made in Cornwall’s sewerage system, flood defences and water quality improvements. This is a step in the right direction but we need to ensure that every effort is made to protect homes and businesses from flooding.”