IB 03/14: Ofwat proposes to vary the appointment of water supplier at Cadley Hill


Ofwat is consulting on a proposal to grant South Staffordshire Water a variation to its appointment to enable it to provide water to a site called Cadley Hill in Swadlincote.

The proposal would allow South Staffordshire Water to supply water to a development of 215 household properties. The development straddles the border of South Staffordshire Water’s and Severn Trent Water’s water supply areas. Severn Trent Water will provide sewerage services to customers on the site.

New appointments and variations include one company replacing another as the statutory supplier for a specific geographic area.

South Staffordshire Water will serve its customers by using its own water, and it proposes to charge all customers at Cadley Hill based on its usual metered charges for water.


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. Media enquiries to the Ofwat Press Office: 0121 644  7642 / 7696 / 7616 / [email protected]