Ofwat has revealed that water and wastewater companies are falling behind on their investment plans, leaving promised service improvements behind schedule or undelivered. Ofwat, as part of the price review process, sets allowances for how much companies can invest over the price control period, to maintain and improve its water network. Between 2020 and 2022 […]

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On 18 November 2021, the Environment Agency (EA) and Ofwat announced separate major investigations into possible unauthorised discharges at thousands of wastewater treatment works. The Environment Agency is now investigating more than 2,200 wastewater treatment works (WWTW) that discharge into English waters. This relates to all water and sewage companies. The Environment Agency’s initial assessment indicates that […]

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Lib Dem leader Ed Davey says party would abolish Ofwat Reported in The Times Water companies are routinely able to dump sewage in rivers in England and Wales because the regulator is “pointless” and lacks real teeth, the leader of the Liberal Democrats has said. Sir Ed Davey said Ofwat should be replaced with a […]

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England and Wales water regulator Ofwat hands out financial penalties to 11 firms for missing supply, biodiversity, pollution and sewer flooding goals. Overall, for those 11 companies, almost £150m is planned to be taken off customers’ bills in the next financial year because of missed targets Ofwat has announced.     Ofwat went on to […]

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The third round of Ofwat’s innovation competition –Water Breakthrough Challenge – has opened, encouraging innovation and collaboration to transform water services with up to £38 million available in funding.     The Water Breakthrough Challenge, run by Ofwat in partnership with Challenge Works, Arup and Isle Utilities, aims to encourage initiatives that help to tackle […]

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Many water companies provide discounts to developers to incentivise building new homes that use less water and avoid letting surface water enter the public sewer system. To ensure water companies are doing what they can to incentivise developers, Ofwat reviewed the current incentives offered to developers. Ofwat has released a review of water companies’ environmental […]

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