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Saturday 3 December 2016

Water bills may push stressed family budgets over the edge

Published 20/04/2014 | 02:30

EUREKA: When water charges come in, the free water allowance is expected to cover only the most basic of morning ablutions. Maybe it will be cheaper to turn off the tap and bathe in milk instead. Photo: Brian Farrell
EUREKA: When water charges come in, the free water allowance is expected to cover only the most basic of morning ablutions. Maybe it will be cheaper to turn off the tap and bathe in milk instead. Photo: Brian Farrell

WHATEVER shape the bills for water finally take, we know that most households will struggle to pay. Water charges will prove to be an imposition too far for many overstretched households.

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New research shows that half of households are forced to go into debt to pay their essential bills such as electricity and gas. Cash-strapped families are using credit cards, overdrafts and bank loans to meet household payments, the research commissioned by price comparison site uSwitch shows.

And large numbers of broke householders are dipping into savings or getting money from family and friends to make ends meet. And that is even before the water charge demands start coming through letter boxes.

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