© Fair Water Connections 2020

Updates and Blog

29th June 2020

Tackling SES Water about apparently not following complying with Ofwat Connection Charging Rules or self-lay guidance.

1st June 2020

Ofwat proposes to introduce into company regulatory reporting self-lay connection volumes.  This being something FWC has repeatedly called for!

27th May 2020

Ofwat initiates consultation on further changes to their Connection Charging Rules. These include seeking greater cross company consistency in how charges are structures, test out re-introducing a ‘reasonableness’ test on each charge and setting up a charges group involving companies and other stakeholders. Response date is 16th September 2020.

March 2020

Able to visit Malawi and see something of the work that PumpAid does to provide safe water supplies to rural communities.

1st April 2020

(English) Companies start charge, on new work, in accordance with Ofwat Rules which mean that all site specific work has to be directly funded by developers.  Linked to this the previous (asset payment) discount forms a credit against Infrastructure Charges (with all connections benefiting (but the amounts are invariably smaller).

1st April 2020

FWC is dismayed that Ofwat has pressed ahead with introducing D-Mex when the way this customer satisfaction tool is structured looks to be skewed towards customers requiring single water connections (and not mains and services on development sites).  Fear is that it will distort required behavioural change away from the self-lay sector.

October 2019

Ofwat received a set of water adoption proposals from water companies/Water UK. Ofwat recognised that these do not fully satisfy the ’broad consensus’ of stakeholder criteria in the Code so remain with Ofwat for a decision.

Key events in opening up water

connections competition in

England and Wales

Early 2000s - some companies, notably United Utilities recognised that developers should have choice as to who installed their new water connections. 2003 - Water Act provided a statutory framework for water self-lay April 2004 - First edition of Self-Lay Code of Practice published. 2005 - Water Industry Registration Scheme introduced (operated by Lloyd’s Register to accredited SLPs). 2009 - Second edition of Self-Lay Code of Practice published. March 2012 - Fair Water Connections (FWC) set-up as a voice for SLPs. March 2013 - Ofwat announce competition investigation into the practices of Bristol Water May 2014 - Ofwat accepts Binding Commitments from Bristol Water in response to their investigation. 2014 - Water Act introduced requirements for Charging Rules and an Adoption Code (enactment required Defra or (in Wales) the Welsh Government instructing Ofwat to implement. December 2014 - Water companies respond to Government Better Connected initiative by publishing a set of performance measures for water connections work (after lobbying by FWC these were extended to include self-lay activities) November 2017 - Ofwat publish their Code (for English Companies) setting out new water and sewerage asset adoption arrangements. Intention was for water proposals to be submitted for Ofwat approval by October 2018! (Note - this has yet to happen). December 2017 - Ofwat introduce their Connection Charging Rules (for English companies). July 2019 - Ofwat revise their Connection Charging Rules (for English Companies). April 2020 - Ofwat introduce D-MeX which assesses developer customer satisfaction with companies and rewards/penalises them accordingly.

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Updates and Blog

29th June 2020

Tackling SES Water about apparently not following complying with Ofwat Connection Charging Rules or self-lay guidance.

1st June 2020

Ofwat proposes to introduce into company regulatory reporting self- lay connection volumes.  This being something FWC has repeatedly called for!

27th May 2020

Ofwat initiates consultation on further changes to their Connection Charging Rules. These include seeking greater cross company consistency in how charges are structures, test out re-introducing a ‘reasonableness’ test on each charge and setting up a charges group involving companies and other stakeholders. Response date is 16th September 2020.

March 2020

Able to visit Malawi and see something of the work that PumpAid does to provide safe water supplies to rural communities.

1st April 2020

(English) Companies start charge, on new work, in accordance with Ofwat Rules which mean that all site specific work has to be directly funded by developers.  Linked to this the previous (asset payment) discount forms a credit against Infrastructure Charges (with all connections benefiting (but the amounts are invariably smaller).

1st April 2020

FWC is dismayed that Ofwat has pressed ahead with introducing D- Mex when the way this customer satisfaction tool is structured looks to be skewed towards customers requiring single water connections (and not mains and services on development sites).  Fear is that it will distort required behavioural change away from the self-lay sector.

October 2019

Ofwat received a set of water adoption proposals from water companies/Water UK. Ofwat recognised that these do not fully satisfy the ’broad consensus’ of stakeholder criteria in the Code so remain with Ofwat for a decision.