Government's strategic priorities for Ofwat

Closed 15 Oct 2021

Opened 22 Jul 2021


We are seeking your views on a new strategic policy statement (SPS) for Ofwat, which sets out the government’s strategic priorities for Ofwat’s regulation of the water sector in England. 

In accordance with Section 2A of the Water Industry Act 1991 (as amended), the Secretary of State can set out strategic priorities and objectives for Ofwat. Ofwat must carry out its functions in accordance with this statement. The new SPS has been drafted to have regard to Ofwat’s statutory duties, social and environmental matters and other matters that are a priority for government. Once published, it will replace the previous SPS that was issued to Ofwat in 2017. 

The draft SPS for consultation and other relevant documents can be found and downloaded at the bottom of this page.

We welcome your views and comments on the SPS, including your responses to the key consultation questions set out in the survey, which can be accessed through the link below. 

What happens next

Following the closure of the consultation, we will consider the responses and publish a finalised strategic policy statement to Ofwat in early 2022.


  • Water/water Industry sector


  • Natural environment
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems services
  • Green economy
  • Sustainable development
  • National Adaptation Programme
  • Flooding
  • Water quality
  • Water conservation
  • Bathing waters
  • Sewerage
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Water Abstraction
  • Water Act
  • Water Industry charging
  • Water Industry licencing