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Ofwat to investigate Southern Water

Ofwat has announced that it has opened an investigation to consider whether Southern Water has breached its statutory duties and licence obligations.

The regulator said the investigation will look at the performance of its wastewater treatment sites and the company’s reporting of relevant compliance information.

Ofwat said on its website: “We have informed the company and are in the process of gathering and reviewing information as part of our investigation. 

“We will conclude the investigation as quickly as we can to establish whether or not there has been any contravention and whether we need to take any enforcement action.

“We will not be providing any further comment on the investigation at this time.”

Ofwat, which opened the case in June 2017, said if Southern Water is found to have committed a breach, enforcement options include “requiring the company to take particular action(s) and/or us imposing a financial penalty ... of up to 10% of the regulated company’s annual turnover for each breach”.

Southern Water issued a statement saying it is “fully co-operating and assisting Ofwat with its inquiries.”

The statement added: “As a regulated company, we work closely with our regulators, who are entitled to make inquiries into how we operate our wastewater treatment sites, and who do so regularly.

“It is an essential principle at Southern Water that we work constructively with our regulators. We are committed to working with Ofwat and all our regulators to ensure that we continue to improve our services.

“As these investigations are ongoing, we are limited on what we can say at this time, but we will provide further updates on the situation – and the work that we are doing – once we are able to do so.”

Author: Robin Hackett, Deputy Editor, WWT and WET News
Topic: Policy & Regulation
Tags: ofwat , Southern Water , wastewater treatment

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