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SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE PLC NEWS ARTICLE

26/02/08 - South Staffs Water bills 25% less than national average

The water industry regulator, Ofwat, has confirmed that customers of South Staffs Water will receive average water bills for the coming year that are 25% (£39) lower than the national average. The average household water charge in the South Staffs Water area of supply will be £118 for 2008/9 and are the third lowest in the country. The national average bill is £157.

Note to editors:

1. South Staffordshire Water serves large parts of the Black Country, including Walsall, Sandwell and Dudley, together with areas such as Tamworth, Burton, Uttoxeter, Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield and Cannock. In total, the Company serves a population of 1.2 million. The Company supplies 318 million litres of water every day across a network of pipes that total 6,000 km in length.

2. The Ofwat press notice which confirms average bills at each company for 2008/09 is available from the Ofwat website: www.ofwat.gov.uk

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