HOUSEHOLD water charges will remain at the same level as they have for the past three years.
Scottish Water has decided not to increase the charge for the fourth consecutive year – which will be, for the average household, £324.
The news has been welcomed by the Scottish secretary for infrastructure and capital investment, Alex Neil.
Mr Neil said: “Scottish Water is performing well as a public sector organisation.
“Its decision to freeze charges represents excellent news for customers at a time when households across Scotland are confronted by an increased cost of living.
“With this latest freeze, household water charges are among the lowest in Great Britain – which demonstrates the benefits of Scottish Water remaining a public sector organisation.
“I have agreed with Scottish Water an objective to provide one of the best value-for-money water and sewerage packages in the UK by 2015”.