Water companies have pledged to invest a record £22bn over the next five years into the water and sewerage network resulting in higher customer bills.
Water regulator, Ofwat, made the announcement today and revealed that most customers in England and Wales will see their bill rise between £20 and £376 a year.
The investment will include upgrades to 140 water treatment works and 550 sewage treatment works to maintain and improve the environment and water drinking quality. Work will also include maintaining or improving 3,000km of rivers to meet European Union environmental standards and improving water quality in more than 55 wetlands and bathing waters.
The work will take place between 2010-15 and ensure water and sewerage services for the future and help keep rivers and beaches cleaner.