Consultation on changes to the Charges Scheme Rules, Wholesale Charging Rules and the Charging Rules for New Connection Services (English Undertakers) in accordance with 143(6A), 143B, 66E and 117I, and 51CD, 105ZF and 144ZA of the Water Industry Act 1991

Consultation on changes to the Charges Scheme Rules, Wholesale Charging Rules and the Charging Rules for New Connection Services (English Undertakers) in accordance with 143(6A), 143B, 66E and 117I, and 51CD, 105ZF and 144ZA of the Water Industry Act 1991

Published date: November 6, 2018
Closing date: Tuesday November 20th, 2018 5:00pm

Download

About Consultation

On 1 April 2018, our Charging Rules for New Connection Services (English Undertakers) came into effect. These rules were developed in consultation with the sector and having regard to the charging guidance issued to us by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

As set out in Information Notice 18/14, in June 2018 we made changes to the Charges Scheme Rules and the New Connection Rules (together, for the purposes of this consultation, the “Charging Rules”) to ensure that, regardless of the way that a new water or wastewater connection was made, water and wastewater companies were able to levy an infrastructure charge to recover network reinforcement costs they reasonably incur as a result of the provision or adoption of new water mains or public sewers and the connection of new premises.

This document sets out our proposal to make these temporary changes permanent, and should be read with the draft Charging Rules on which we are consulting. Consistent with the changes set out in Information Notice 18/14, we consider that the proposals set out in this document will ensure that English water and wastewater companies1 are able to recover the reasonable costs of providing these services regardless of the methods by which the customer procures them.

We welcome your responses to this consultation by close of business on 20 November 2018. Please complete the form below, email responses to [email protected] or post them to: Charging, Ofwat, Centre City Tower, 7 Hill Street, Birmingham B5 4UA.

Consultation response - Consultation on changes to the Charges Scheme Rules, Wholesale Charging Rules and the Charging Rules for New Connection Services

  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, xls, jpg, gif, png.
  • What will happen to your response?

    We will publish responses to this consultation on the Ofwat website (www.ofwat.gov.uk) unless you indicate that you would like your response to remain unpublished. Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be published or disclosed in accordance with access to information legislation – primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. If you would like the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under the FoIA, there is a statutory ‘Code of Practice’ which deals, among other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this, it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that we can maintain confidentiality in all circumstances. Any personal information provided will be held for the purpose of the consultation and held in accordance with Ofwat’s retention and disposal schedule. Further information on how Ofwat collects and uses personal data can be found on our website https://www.ofwat.gov.uk/publication/privacy-policy/ . An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on Ofwat.

Supporting documents