IB 05/14 Ofwat consults on bulk pricing draft determination


Ofwat has today opened a consultation on a draft determination of a bulk pricing dispute under sections 40A and 110A of the Water Industry Act 1991.

The determination relates to prices charged by Anglian Water Services Limited to Independent Water Networks Limited for the bulk supply of potable water and the bulk discharge of wastewater to the Priors Hall site, in Corby, Northamptonshire.

This is the first instance in which we have used our published framework for resolving bulk pricing disputes. We are inviting interested stakeholders to provide their views on how we have applied our framework in this draft determination.

The consultation, which runs for four weeks, seeks views from interested parties on the questions set out in the draft determination.

Notes to Editors:


  1. Ofwat (The Water Services Regulation Authority) is the economic regulator of the water and sewerage sectors 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. The request for a determination was referred to Ofwat by Anglian Water Services Limited on 17 December 2008.  It has asked us to determine the price terms to be applied in the bulk supply and bulk discharge agreements in place between Anglian Water Services Limited and Independent Water Networks Limited.
  3. We have recently published a framework for resolving pricing disputes involving bulk supplies, which we have applied in this determination.
  4. Using the framework referred to above we have determined that Anglian Water’s relevant Large User Tariff is the appropriate price to be applied in the bulk supply and bulk discharge agreements between the parties in this case.
  5. The consultation paper will be available on the Ofwat website: www.ofwat.gov.uk
  6. Responses should be addressed to: Harpreet Atwal, Senior Case Officer ([email protected]).
  7. Media enquiries to Ofwat Press Office:
    Benedict Fisher 0121 644 7642 / [email protected]
    Harbinder Babra on 0121 644 7616 / [email protected]