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IB 03/12 Ofwat proposes to vary the appointment of water and sewerage services suppliers at Riverside, Battersea

16 March 2012

Ofwat is consulting on a proposal to grant SSE Water a variation to its appointment to enable it to provide water and sewerage services to a site called Riverside in Battersea.

The proposal would allow SSE Water to supply water and sewerage services to a development of 752 household properties.

New appointments and variations include one company replacing another as the appointee for a specific geographic area. SSE Water will serve its customers by taking a bulk supply of water from Thames Water and will make a bulk connection to Thames Water's sewers.

SSE Water proposes to charge customers based on the existing Thames Water metered water and sewerage household tariffs. In addition, SSE Water is offering a 3% discount on the relevant volumetric charges as it has done in some of its previous applications. SSE Water will be required to offer customers at least the equivalent levels of service to Thames Water.

SSE Water was granted its appointment as a water and sewerage company in October 2007 for a housing development called Old Sarum, near Salisbury, in Wessex Water's area. It has since been granted a further thirteen variations to its appointment at a variety of sites in different companies’ areas throughout England and Wales.

Please note since the consultation period opened on 8 March 2012 we have been notified that the site name has changed from Tideway Wharf to Riverside. This change of name is now reflected in the consultation notice and does not in any way affect the proposal. The consultation closing date remains the 5 April 2012.

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Notes to Editors:


  1. Ofwat (The Water Services Regulation Authority) is the economic regulator of water and sewerage companies in England and Wales. It exercises its powers in a way that it judges will protect the interests of consumers, promote value and safeguard future water and sewerage services by allowing efficient companies to carry out their functions properly, and finance them.
  2. New appointments and variations are the route by which one company replaces another as the appointed water and/or sewerage company for a specified area. The replacement water and sewerage company will have all of the same duties and responsibilities as the previous statutory water and sewerage company for the specified area.
  3. There are three qualifying criteria for seeking a new appointment or variation:
    • an area does not contain any premises that receive services from an appointed water or sewerage company (it is ‘unserved’);
    • a customer uses (or is likely to use) at least 50 million litres of water a year (in England) or 250 million litres of water a year (in Wales) at each of its premises and wants to change its supplier (a ‘large user’); or
    • the existing appointed company agrees to transfer part of its area to a different company (a transfer by ‘consent’).
  4. Details of Thames Water’s metered water and sewerage charges can be found on its website at http://www.thameswater.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/corp/hs.xsl/566.htm  
  5. Media enquiries to the Ofwat Press Office: 0121 644 7642 / 7696 / 7616 / pressofficeteam@ofwat.gsi.gov.uk

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