Water company business plans have been submitted to Ofwat. The five-year plans cover the period 2025 to 2030 and collectively amount to £96 billion of proposed investment, an 88% increase on the previous five years. According to the sector body Water UK, the investment “will secure water supplies against the rising prevalence of drought, ensure […]

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Ofwat has published the Water Company Performance Report 2022-23. It looks at the performance of the 17 largest water and wastewater companies in England and Wales across a set of key performance and expenditure metrics. According to Ofwat, “Under-performance by the majority of water and wastewater companies in England and Wales, will mean companies have […]

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The House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee has criticised the Government’s “lack of leadership and deep-rooted complacency” in the conclusion to its follow-up inquiry into Ofwat, the water industry and the role of Government. In a letter to Thérèse Coffey MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the cross-party committee has […]

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The Future Water Association has published its Future Water Report Card has emerged – a state of the nation type assessment of eight key aspects relating to our pipes and sewers. What does the Future Water Community think about: Asset Health Leakage (mains) Innovation Research Sewers (operation) People Customer Side Leakage Sewers Maintenance Use the […]

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A BBC investigation has found that three water companies – Southern Water, Thames Water and Wessex Water, illegally discharged sewage hundreds of times last year on days when it was not raining. The practice, known as “dry spilling”, is banned because it can lead to higher concentrations of sewage in waterways. The BBC says that […]

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The Times reports that the government has privately asked water companies to explore saving money on future water supplies by assuming unrealistically low levels of climate change. Water firms are required to publish “water resources management plans” every five years for how they will ensure the water supply for the next 25 years, including new […]

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A legal claim has been issued against six UK water companies who are facing legal collective actions for allegedly abusing their dominant market position by underreporting the number of times they cause pollution incidents and overcharging customers as a result. The case is covered in the Guardian which says the claim on behalf of 20 […]

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By Alastair Chisholm, CIWEM’s Director of Policy After yet another bruising week for the water industry, future ownership and governance of water and sewerage companies remains high up the agenda. What are the options? What would rebuild trust? What might political parties advocate at a general election, asks Alastair Chisholm In a scathing House of […]

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