IB 10/10: Ofwat varies the appointment of water and sewerage supplier at Park Views

Ofwat has varied the appointment of SSE Water to enable it to provide water and sewerage services to a site in Epsom called Park Views. The reasons for our decision are set out in our decision 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 Park Views.

SSE Water will supply water and sewerage services to a development of 300 household properties. Initially, the supply will be via bulk connections to Thames Water’s network, although later this year SSE Water will replace the bulk supply of water from Thames Water with a permanent bulk supply of water from Sutton and East Surrey Water, while continuing to discharge to Thames Water’s sewerage network.

SSE Water will offer customers at Park Views a 3% discount on the volumetric water and sewerage charges of Thames Water.

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 and Bromley Common in Bromley.

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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 22 March 2010 asking for views on its proposal to vary the appointment of SSE Water and Thames Water.
  4. Media enquiries to the Ofwat Press Office: 0121 644 7642 / 7821 / 7616 / [email protected]