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Charging

Below are is a short explanation of the current (post April 20020) charging arrangements for new mains and services on development sites in England. (Note - ongoing sites, and work in Wales, have terms set on a different basis. Details of how these should be costed are separately available to FWC members). Whatever works are needed to supply a site the responsibility for these depends on where they are in relation to the ‘Point of Connection’. The PoC itself being defined as the point nearest to the site where there is a main of the same nominal size, or larger, than the connecting site feeder. Basically the water company is responsible for the works upstream of the PoC (and fund this work from Infrastructure Charge monies). For domestic premise connections most companies offer an Infrastructure Charge credit. These reduce developers contributions but the installer of the site specific work, either an independent self-lay provider or the incumbent company, has to recover all of their costs off the developer. The exception to this arrangement is when the water company wants the site specific works to be upsized or require additional links to adjoining networks. In both these cases the ‘extra’ work is funded by companies (again through Infrastructure Charge monies). Developers also need to fund their chosen installer to provide the individual service connections to each new premise. Note - certain site specific works are classified as ‘non-contestable’. This means that they can only be done by the incumbent water company so independent installers are charged for  such work to be done. English companies have to annually, by 1st February so 2 months prior to each charging year, publish their connection charges. These ‘local charging arrangements’ can be used to pre-determine how much a water company will charge for supplying a site and the cost of any non-contestable works. Back to Sector Regulation Page

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Charging

Below are is a short explanation of the current (post April 20020) charging arrangements for new mains and services on development sites in England. (Note - ongoing sites, and work in Wales, have terms set on a different basis. Details of how these should be costed are separately available to FWC members). Whatever works are needed to supply a site the responsibility for these depends on where they are in relation to the ‘Point of Connection’. The PoC itself being defined as the point nearest to the site where there is a main of the same nominal size, or larger, than the connecting site feeder. Basically the water company is responsible for the works upstream of the PoC (and fund this work from Infrastructure Charge monies). For domestic premise connections most companies offer an Infrastructure Charge credit. These reduce developers contributions but the installer of the site specific work, either an independent self-lay provider or the incumbent company, has to recover all of their costs off the developer. The exception to this arrangement is when the water company wants the site specific works to be upsized or require additional links to adjoining networks. In both these cases the ‘extra’ work is funded by companies (again through Infrastructure Charge monies). Developers also need to fund their chosen installer to provide the individual service connections to each new premise. Note - certain site specific works are classified as ‘non- contestable’. This means that they can only be done by the incumbent water company so independent installers are charged for  such work to be done. English companies have to annually, by 1st February so 2 months prior to each charging year, publish their connection charges. These ‘local charging arrangements’ can be used to pre-determine how much a water company will charge for supplying a site and the cost of any non-contestable works. Back to Sector Regulation Page