Properties with water butts and permeable driveways may see their payments diminished whereas these with swimming swimming pools and scorching tubs may pay a premium, Ofwat has prompt.
The regulator referred to as on water corporations to trial “artistic and focused methods” to cost prospects for his or her utilization.
Ofwat mentioned it was pushing corporations to “suppose otherwise” amid cost-of-living issues, to distinguish between prospects and higher assist those that are struggling.
Prospects’ payments are presently set on a flat customary quantity primarily based on their kind of property, or a flat fee primarily based on their use as measured by a water meter.
A number of the concepts the regulator is asking corporations to think about embrace seasonal charging to assist decrease water payments within the winter when vitality prices are increased, or decreasing payments for properties with water butts and permeable driveways, which can assist to cut back threat of flooding and air pollution to rivers.
Those that use loads of water, akin to households with swimming swimming pools, scorching tubs or large-scale sprinkler programs, might be charged a premium for very excessive use, significantly at instances when water is scarce.
Ofwat chief government David Black mentioned: “We’re all very conscious of the impression of the rising value of residing and we need to see the water sector change into extra lively, assertive and ingenious to assist prospects who’re struggling to make ends meet.
“Now greater than ever, it’s time for water corporations to indicate they get and might reply to the wants of their prospects.
“Payments are an enormous concern to prospects, and we have to see radical recent considering from corporations.”
Ofwat’s session runs till November 3.