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About Ofwat

Our strategy: Trust in water

Click here to download a transcript. 

This section of the website sets out how we will work with others for the benefit of customers of water and wastewater services, the environment and wide society in England and Wales both now and in the future.

It explains how we will work with all the different bodies that have an interest in these services and our vision for what we can achieve together.


Meeting the challenges for water: trust and confidence

Our shared vision for the water sector in England and Wales is one where customers, the environment and wider society have trust and confidence in vital public water and wastewater services.

Find out more about the shared vision for the water sector and how we need to step up together to meet the challenges.


A leading, trusted and respected regulator

Our vision for Ofwat is to be working at the leading edge, trusted and respected, challenging ourselves and others to build trust and confidence in water.

Find out more about our vision for Ofwat.


Our duties

The duties for most of our work as an economic regulator are laid down in section 2 of the Water Industry Act 1991 (WIA91) as amended.

Find out more about our duties.


Who we are

We are the economic regulator for water and sewerage services in England and Wales and we are a non-ministerial government department. We were established in 1989 when the water sector in England and Wales was privatised.

Find out more about who we are and how we are organised.


Who we work with

We work closely with many other organisations so that together we can enable the water sector to deliver our shared vision .

Find out more about who we work with and who we regulate.


Our plans

We set out our plan for current year in our forward programme each year.

Read and respond to our 2015-16 draft forward programme.


Our performance

We monitor our own performance in delivering our vision using a number of performance indicators.

We report to the UK Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales on our performance in our annual report and accounts.

Read our 2013-14 annual report and accounts.


Our values and standards of behaviour

We are committed to the highest standards of openness and accountability.

Find out more about our standards of behaviour.

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