Our vision for the water and wastewater services in England and Wales is one where customers and wider society have trust and confidence that their water and wastewater services are of a high-quality, provided in an environmentally sustainable way, are resilient and are affordable.
We have established working groups to engage with interested parties across the sector on a number of specific areas in order to help inform our thinking and gather evidence:
- Sludge technical working group
- Bioresources form of control workshop
- Water resources working group
- Water resources form of control workshop
- New connection cost information working group
- Risk and return workshop
Members are expected to contribute to addressing the challenges that we face. While these are not decision-making bodies, their contributions will be essential in delivering the sector’s vision.
Membership is open and will remain open to all interested parties, who are willing to contribute their expertise. In addition to the regular members of the group, additional expertise may be invited to inform discussions.
Totex and outcomes
On 15 March 2018 we held a workshop on totex and outcomes – slides can be viewed here.
Sludge technical working group
The primary role of this group is to engage on the design and implementation of sludge market mechanisms. Our terms of reference have further details of the group.
Each meeting centres around a particular theme, which allows member organisations to identify whether or not to attend, and who they should send.
|25 January 2016||Water 2020 December consultation sludge proposals
Sludge impact assessment
Terms of reference for the sludge working group
Introduction to the market platform.
|2 March 2016||Defining the boundary between sewage treatment and sludge
Benefits, costs and barriers of the policy options
RCV allocation for the sludge control.
|11 April 2016||Information platform: data requirements
Information platform: governance
|15 June 2016||May Water 2020 document – sludge overview|
|20 July 2016||Environmental regulation and any barriers it may cause to the developing sludge markets|
|8 September 2016||Form of price control (session 2)
Sludge database: market information
|20 October 2016||Non-regulated revenue: Charging and transfer pricing
Discuss the updated template for the physical market information database
Allocation of bioresources RCV
|30 January 2017||Market information – contracts
Environmental regulations update
Form of the price control
Feedback on sludge working group meetings
For further information please email Alison.email@example.com.
Bioresources form of control workshop
We held a workshop with the water and sewerage companies to discuss the form of the 2019 price control for bioresources.
|17 January 2017||Workshop slides|
|4 October 2017||Workshop slides|
Water resources working group
The primary role of the Ofwat water resources working group was to engage on the design and implementation of our decisions for water resources set out in ‘Water 2020: Our regulatory approach for water and wastewater services in England and Wales‘, which we published in May 2016. Its remit was to discuss the implementation of the main design features and to support their implementation into the 2019 price review methodology. It was not a decision-making body and was intended to be an open forum to enable constructive discussion. The terms of reference for the group has more details.
Each meeting considered a particular theme, which allowed member organisations to identify whether or not to attend, and who they should send.
There are currently no further meetings of the group planned. We will be consulting on our water resources proposals in the July 2017 methodology consultation and look forward to discussing them with stakeholders.
|28 June 2016||Introduction, background and terms of reference|
|25 July 2016||Market information platform –the story so far|
|29 September 2016||Cost assessment for water resources: introduction and discussion|
|1 November 2016||RCV allocation for water resources|
|13 December 2016||Access pricing for bilateral markets in England – a straw man for discussion|
For further information please email Peter.Hetherington@ofwat.gsi.gov.uk.
Water resources form of control workshop
We held a workshop with the water companies to discuss the form of the 2019 price control for water resources.
| 2 March 2017
|RCV allocation water resources|
New connection cost information working group
The primary role of this group is to consider what monitoring arrangements need to be put in place, to give confidence that the balance of infrastructure charges, revenues and associated network reinforcement costs is being broadly maintained. Our terms of reference provide further details.
|25 November 2016||Slide pack – Terms of reference|
|18 January 2017||Slide pack – Cost data straw man|
|2 March 2017||Slide pack – Cost data straw man|
For further information please email Mark.Jones@ofwat.gsi.gov.uk
Risk and Return workshop
|16 February 2017||Workshop slides|
|14 June 2016||Presentation slides|
|21 February 2017||Presentation slides|
|25 January 2018||Agenda|
Customer Measure of Experience (C-MeX) and Developer Measure of Experience (D-MeX) Working Groups
The aim of the these Working Groups is to support the design and implementation of the Customer Measure of Experience (C-MeX) and Developer Measure of Experience (D-MeX) incentive mechanisms. The groups will also contribute to the development of the detailed C-MeX and D-MeX pilots, and feed into the final guidance that water companies will apply from 2020-2025.
Ofwat remains the decision maker.
|7 September 2017||Workshop slides|
|3 October 2017||Workshop slides|
|19 September 2017||Workshop slides|
|9 October 2017||Workshop slides|
|24 October 2017||Workshop slides|
For further information please email: Jasminder.Oberoi@ofwat.gsi.gov.uk