In-period ODI determinations

At the 2019 price review we set water companies service targets (‘performance commitments’) during 2020-25. This encourages the companies to deliver on the objectives that matter to today’s customers, future customers and the environment.

Most of companies’ performance commitments have rewards and penalties (‘outcome delivery incentives (ODIs)’) associated with them.

The majority of these ODIs are financial.

  • If a company performs better than the performance commitment level, it may get a financial reward (‘over performance payments’)
  • If a company performs worse below the performance commitment level it may pay a financial penalty (‘under performance payments’)

In this way, each company’s management and its investors are encouraged to deliver what customers want. They get over performance payments for doing well; and make under performance payments if they do badly.

In-period payments

Most of the over- or under performance payments companies get for financial ODIs are paid to or recovered from each company every year during 2020-25 (or ‘in-period’).

We think this is better than waiting five years until the next price review process. This is because companies get the financial impact closer in time to the performance that generated it. This focuses each company’s management on delivering better services year after year and improves companies’ accountability to their customers.

In-period ODI determinations 2020-25

An in-period determination is the process by which we adjust each company’s price controls to reflect companies’ performance against these in-period ODIs.

Unlike the five yearly price reviews, in-period determinations have to be triggered by either us or the water companies. So they may not be required every year for every company.

In-period determinations for 2020-21

Company Consultation on our draft in-period ODI determination Consultation response Final in-period ODI determination
Affinity Water To be added To be added To be added
Anglian Water To be added To be added To be added
Bristol Water To be added To be added To be added
Dŵr Cymru To be added To be added To be added
Hafren Dyfrdwy To be added To be added To be added
Northumbrian Water To be added To be added To be added
Portsmouth Water To be added To be added To be added
SES Water To be added To be added To be added
Severn Trent Water To be added To be added To be added
South East Water To be added To be added To be added
South Staffs Water To be added To be added To be added
South West Water To be added To be added To be added
Southern Water To be added To be added To be added
Thames Water To be added To be added To be added
United Utilities To be added To be added To be added
Wessex Water To be added To be added To be added
Yorkshire Water To be added To be added To be added
Sector wide report To be added n/a To be added

Any in-period ODI determinations for 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2024-25 will appear here.

We will carry out in-period ODI determinations for 2023-24 as part of our 2024 price review.