IB 16/11 Ofwat varies the appointment of water and sewerage supplier at Abbotswood, Romsey


Ofwat has varied the appointment of SSE Water to enable it to supply sewerage services to a site in Romsey called Abbotswood. 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 Southern Water as the statutory sewerage services supplier for Abbotswood.

SSE Water will supply sewerage services to a development of 800 household properties. SSE Water will serve customers on the site by making a bulk connection to Southern Water’s sewerage network.

SSE Water will offer customers at Abbotswood a 3% discount on the household sewerage standing charge of Southern 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 thirteen variations to its appointment at a variety of sites in different companies’ areas throughout England and Wales.


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 30 August 2011 asking for views on its proposal to vary the appointments of SSE Water and Southern Water at Abbotswood.
  4. Media enquiries to the Ofwat Press Office: 0121 644 7642 / 7616 / 7696 [email protected].