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Water roadshow makes a splash in Wigan
Monday 15th July, 2013

Water roadshow makes a splash in Wigan
Wigan youngsters Holly Baker, Charlotte Jones and Joshua Baker (L to R) got to grips with the value of water at the United Utilities roadshow event at The Galleries Shopping Centre in Wigan.

We might all know the cost of a pint of milk, but do we know how much our tap water costs us each day?

That was the question put to visitors at The Galleries Shopping Centre in Wigan by water company United Utilities, as part of a new public education roadshow.

The Warrington-based company supplies 1,750 million litres of water every day to three million homes and 200,000 businesses across the North West – but it has found that most of us don’t really understand what we’re paying for when our water bills land on the mat.

In fact, the average daily cost per household is just £1.11 to have water on tap and wastewater taken away – as Wigan youngsters Holly Baker, Joshua Baker, and Charlotte Jones (pictured), discovered when they visited the United Utilities stand with their parents.

The same amount spent in a supermarket would only buy you around 2 litres of milk or 5 litres of own brand mineral water.

“Water is one of those things that people just take for granted, but we wanted to explain to our customers exactly where their money goes,” said Rose Francis, Campaign Manager at United Utilities.

“Water might fall from the sky for free, but it’s cleaning and delivering it to homes – and taking away used water – that we have to charge for, as well as investing in the network and protecting the environment.

“People found the comparisons with everyday items like milk and eggs a helpful way of understanding what good value their water bill represents.”

Visitors were also given information on how to save water and advisers were on hand to explain how United Utilities can help customers struggling to pay their bills.


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