IB 21/14: Ofwat proposes to vary the appointment of water supplier at Northstowe Phase 1, Cambridge


Ofwat is consulting on a proposal to grant Anglian Water a variation to its appointment to enable it to be the water supplier to a site called Northstowe Phase 1 in Cambridge.

The proposal would allow Anglian Water to supply water to a development of 1,500 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 Cambridge Water.

Anglian Water proposes to charge customers based on Cambridge Water’s existing water charges. Anglian Water will be required to offer customers at least the equivalent levels of service to Cambridge 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 three 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, and the third was in July 2013 at Woods Meadow in Oulton.


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 / 7616 / [email protected]