IB 06/11: Ofwat varies the appointment of water and sewerage supplier at Great Western Park, Didcot


Ofwat has varied the appointment of SSE Water to enable it to supply water and sewerage services to a site in Didcot called Great Western Park. The reasons for our decision are set out in ourdecision document.

New appointments and variations include one company replacing another as the statutory supplier for a specific geographic area. In this case, SSE Water will replace Thames Water as the statutory supplier for Great Western Park.

SSE Water will supply water and sewerage services to a development of 3,300 household properties. SSE Water will serve customers on the site by taking a bulk supply of water from Thames Water and securing a bulk discharge connection to Thames Water’s sewerage network.

SSE Water proposes to charge customers based on the existing Thames Water metered water and sewerage household tariffs, however the household volumetric charges for both water and sewerage will include a 3% discount against Thames Waters’ charges.

SSE Water was granted its new appointment in October 2007 for a housing development near Salisbury, and it was granted further variations to this appointment at Llanilid Park in Wales, Hale Village in north London, Kennet Island in Reading, Bromley Common in Bromley, Park Views in Epsom, Graylingwell Park in Chichester and Kingsmere in Bicester.


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. Ofwat has a duty to consider applications by companies seeking to replace existing appointees as providers of water and / or sewerage services. We assess applications thoroughly and take seriously our duty to protect consumers’ interests.
  3. Ofwat published its consultation paper on 26 January 2011 asking for views on its proposal to vary the appointments of SSE Water and Thames Water at Great Western Park.
  4. Media enquiries to the Ofwat Press Office: 0121 644 7642 / 7616 [email protected].