Open data means making data freely available to everyone to access, use and share, unless there’s a really strong justification for not doing that. Data and the people, processes and technology that support it – are important assets – like water pipes and treatment works.
Data is essential for developing insight, making informed decisions and improving services. The use of open data could transform water and wastewater service delivery by increasing transparency, increasing efficiency, enhancing customer experience, and stimulating innovation.
Working alongside the water industry, consumer groups and the Open Data Institute, Ofwat has sought to understand the benefits of open data and how it could be used to help address some of the challenges the water sector faces: climate change, the need to protect the environment, responding to changing customer demands and protecting the most vulnerable.
We’ve reflected on what is already happening within the industry to open up data, the untapped opportunities and challenges that need to be overcome.
On this page you can find information about our H2Open – Open data in the water industry: a case for change discussion paper and open data resources already available across the sector.
Don’t see your data featured here? Get in touch with our team using the form at the bottom of the page so we can add your information.
H2Open – Open data in the water industry: a case for change discussion paper
On the 13 October 2021 we published our first discussion paper about open data in the water industry.
This paper – H2Open – Open data in the water industry: a case for change discussion paper (also available in Welsh, Mae’r cyhoeddiad hwn hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg) sets out the case for how open data can enable water companies to create value for water customers, communities and the environment. We have also published H2Open – Open data in the water industry: a case for change – Case study appendix.
We intend this paper to supercharge a public discussion about the benefits of open data and how it could be used to help address some of the challenges the water sector faces.
We know that there are a wide range of stakeholders with an interest in open data and achieving change will need the passion, energy, support and skills of many people. If you would like to be involved, details can be found at the end of the discussion document or you can submit an entry to the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Open data resources
In this section you will find a list of open data resources already available in the sector. If any links are broken please contact the organisation who owns the link. Ofwat is not responsible and cannot assist with any technical issues on the links below.
Don’t see your data featured? Complete the form at the bottom of this page and a member of the team will get in touch. Please note by submitting a link to be added to this page your organisation agrees to be contacted directly in the event of any technical issues.
Affinity Water’s open source model
The open-source code and instructions for Affinity Water’s PCC model can be found via this link: GitHub – affinitywater/project-eddy: Extracting daily insights from water consumption.
Wessex Water marketplace
Data Mill North
Defra Data Services Platform
Government Open Data Portal
UK Power Networks
Join the H2Open discussion
We want to ensure that the industry harnesses the full potential of open data.
We look forward to seeing the progress the industry makes and we will evaluate this progress in Autumn 2022. We will in the meantime continue to engage in the work that is now happening, what is being learnt and what benefits open data in the water industry could bring for companies, customers, communities and the environment.
Please get in touch through the form below to take part in the conversation or make a request for resources to be added to this page. You can also join in on Twitter using the hashtag #H2Open.
Please note by submitting a link to be added to this page your organisation agrees to be contacted directly in the event of any technical or maintenance issues.