Ofwat has varied the appointment of SSE Water to enable it to supply water and sewerage services to a site in Reading called Kennet Island Phase 7. 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 water and sewerage services supplier for Kennet Island Phase 7.
SSE Water will supply water and sewerage services to a development of 615 household properties. SSE Water will serve customers on the site by taking a bulk supply of water and securing a bulk discharge connection to Thames Water’s sewerage network.
SSE Water will offer customers at Kennet Island Phase 7 a 3% discount on the volumetric water and sewerage charges of Thames Water.
SSE Water was granted its appointment as a water and sewerage company in October 2007 for a housing development called Old Sarum, near Salisbury in Wessex Water’s area. It has since been granted a further twelve variations to its appointment at a variety of sites in different companies’ areas throughout England and Wales.
Notes to Editors:
- 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.
- 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.
- Ofwat published its consultation paper on 1 August 2011 asking for views on its proposal to vary the appointments of SSE Water and Thames Water at Kennet Island Phase 7.
- Media enquiries to the Ofwat Press Office: 0121 644 7642 / 7616 / 7696 [email protected] .