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Water Industry Act 1991

The Water Industry Act 1991 and subsequent amendments (particularly the Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 and the Water Act 2003) govern the economic regulation of the water and sewerage industries in England and Wales.

The full text (in HTML chunks) is available from the HMSO/OPSI website at:

Section 40 of the Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 introduced provisions for inset appointments, and The Water and Sewerage Undertakers (Inset Appointments) Regulations 2005 reduced the threshold for inset appointments from 100 Ml (originally 250 Ml) to 50Ml a year.

The corresponding Northern Ireland legislation is the Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

Water supply licensing

The Water Act 2003 added a second-tier licensing scheme to the Water Industry Act 1991, with a stated objective of introducing more competition in the retailing and production of water using incumbents' networks.

In late 2006, Ofwat reported that this had not been spectacularly successful.

In early 2007, Ofwat appeared to dispute the implications of the Competition Appeal Tribunal judgment in a test case on access pricing for water industry facilities that its own policy might have been responsible for the lack of development of competition.

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