The Government's strategic priorities and objectives for Ofwat

Closed 11 Apr 2017

Opened 14 Mar 2017


We are seeking your views on a new Strategic Policy Statement (SPS) to Ofwat, which sets out the government’s strategic priorities and objectives for Ofwat’s regulation of the water sector in England.  

In accordance with Section 2A of the Water Industry Act 1991 (as amended), Ofwat must carry out its functions in accordance with the priorities and objectives in the SPS.  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.  It will replace the previous SPS that was issued to Ofwat in 2013. 

We welcome your views and comments on the draft of the new SPS, including your responses to the key consultation questions set out below.  The consultation document (SPS - draft for consultation) can be downloaded using the link below. 

What happens next

We will consider the consultation responses and publish a finalised Strategic Policy Statement to Ofwat later in 2017.


  • Water/water Industry sector


  • Natural environment
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems services
  • 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