- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
- Specialist wikis
Last edited 01 Mar 2022
Ofwat is the Water Services Regulation Authority for England and Wales. It is the economic regulator of the water and sewerage sectors in those parts of the UK. Ofwat exercises its powers to protect the interests of consumers, promote value and safeguard future water and sewerage services by allowing efficient companies to carry out and finance their functions properly.
The formation of Ofwat came as a result of The Water Act of 1989 which brought about the privatisation of 10 publicly owned water and sewerage authorities. This resulted in the creation of the Drinking Water Inspectorate (the regulator of drinking water quality) and the Director General of Water Services (the economic regulator), which was supported by the Office of Water Services (Ofwat).
In 2006, these entities were replaced by the Water Services Regulation Authority. This organisation retained the name, Ofwat. It is financed through licence fees recovered from the water companies and it reports to Parliament.
The duties and powers of Ofwat are defined by sections 2 and 3 of the Water Industry Act 1991 (as amended). Under section 2 of the Act, Ofwat is responsible for carrying out numerous duties, including:
- Protecting the interests of consumers, wherever appropriate, by promoting effective competition.
- Ensuring water companies carry out their statutory functions properly.
- Ensuring water companies can finance the proper execution of their statutory functions.
- Ensuring water supply licensees and sewerage licensees properly carry out their licensed activities and statutory functions.
- Advancing the long-term resilience of water companies’ water supply and wastewater systems.
- BS 8680:2020 Water quality. Water Safety Plans. Code of practice.
- Charging rules.
- Consumer Council for Water CCWater.
- Drainage and sewerage management plans DSMPs.
- Drinking Water Inspectorate.
- Drinking water quality.
- Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland DWQR.
- Incumbent water company v undertaker.
- Sewerage company.
- Utilities for construction and operation.
- Water Act 2014.
- Water derogation.
- Water Industry Act 1991.
- Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002.
- Water management strategies.
- Water pressure.
- Water UK.
- What the new retail market will mean for the water sector.
- Why innovation is needed in the water sector.
Featured articles and news
A new gallery for the University of Huddersfield.
What will it take to stop it ?
To celebrate world bee day 2022 !
Not forgetting part F and the new part overheating part O.
As energy prices jump up in cost.
With people in the UK from Ukraine.
Industry leader Steve Murray takes on role.
An abundant and versatile building material.
600,000 heat pump installations targeted per year by 2028.
Helping prevent those unwanted outcomes.
How has transport changed due to Covid-19 ?
Will you need it ? after June 15 and the new Part O ?
Create an account and write the first of many articles.
CIAT commentary after the first meeting.
Who is to blame?
Research recommends focussing on portfolio success rather than project success.
The revised standard for mapping underground utilities.