IB 07/14 Ofwat varies the appointment of water provider at Cadley Hill, Swadlincote


Ofwat has varied the appointment of South Staffs Water to enable it to supply water services to a site in Swadlincote called Cadley Hill. The reasons for our decision are set out in our decision document.

New appointments and variations include one company replacing another as the appointee for a specific geographic area. South Staffordshire Water will replace Severn Trent Water as the statutory water services supplier for Cadley Hill.

South Staffs Water will supply water to a development of 215 new household properties, which straddles the borders of South Staffs Water and Severn Trent Water. Sewerage services will be provided by Severn Trent Water.

South Staffs Water will charge customers at Cadley Hill based on its own existing 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 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 / 7616 / 7696 / [email protected]