Water Industry: Changing the Specified Infrastructure Projects Regulations

Closed 8 Sep 2014

Opened 28 Jul 2014

Overview

We want to know what you think about proposed changes to the Water Industry (Specified Infrastructure Projects) (English Undertakers) Regulations 2013. These are also known as the SIP Regulations.

The changes will affect Infrastructure Providers. These are independent companies licensed by the water regulator (Ofwat) to finance and deliver large or complex projects, like the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

The proposed amendments would allow Ofwat to include conditions in an Infrastructure Provider’s licence. This would then give Infrastructure Providers the right to ask Ofwat to refer its price control decisions to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). Water and sewerage companies already have this right.

Without these changes, the only way an Infrastructure Provider could challenge Ofwat price control decisions is by seeking judicial review before the High Court. This is a time consuming and expensive process, the costs of which are ultimately met by customers.

Why We Are Consulting

Views on amending the SIP Regulations are particularly sought from the CMA, Ofwat, the Consumer Council for Water, English water and sewerage companies, and other interested parties.

Audiences

  • Government Departments
  • Government Agencies
  • Water/water Industry sector
  • Households
  • Water suppliers

Interests

  • Natural environment
  • Waste and recycling
  • Water quality
  • Sewerage
  • Pollution Sector