HOUSEHOLDS in York and across Yorkshire will see their water bill rise in April this year.

As of April 1, new water and sewerage charges for more than two million Yorkshire households will take effect with average bills rising by 4.2 per cent.

But compared to other water companies, Yorkshire Water says its bills will be the fourth cheapest in England and Wales and cheaper than the national average.

The average Yorkshire Water bill will be £401 a year, which represents an annual rise of £16 compared to last year. However, the exact amount customers get billed will vary depending on if they are on a meter and how much water they use.

Richard Flint, chief executive at Yorkshire Water, said: "Our new bills will cost households on average just over one pound per day and a proportion of this money enables us to deliver improvements on services people care most about - such as cutting leakage, reducing pollution, preventing sewer flooding, and decreasing water supply interruptions.”