IB 13/12 Ofwat proposes to vary the appointment of water services suppliers at Woods Meadow, Oulton


Ofwat is consulting on a proposal to grant Anglian Water a variation to its appointment to enable it to provide water services to a site called Woods Meadow in Oulton.

The proposal would allow Anglian Water to supply water services to a development of 800 household properties and 52 non-household properties.

New appointments and variations include one company replacing another as the appointee for a specific geographic area. Anglian Water will serve its customers by taking a bulk supply of water from Essex and Suffolk Water.

Anglian Water proposes to charge customers based Essex and Suffolk Water’s existing water charges. Anglian Water will be required to offer customers at least the equivalent levels of service to Essex and Suffolk Water.

Anglian Water provides water and sewerage services to more than five million household and non-household customers in its current area of appointment which incorporates the east of England and Hartlepool.

Anglian Water has previously been granted two variations to its appointment as a water and sewerage undertaker. The first was in May 1997, when Anglian Water obtained a variation to its appointment to serve the Buxted Chicken site in Surrey. The second variation to its appointment was in March 1998 at RAF Finningley in South Yorkshire.


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]