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18 October 2022 - The work of Ofwat - Oral evidence

Committee Industry and Regulators Committee
Inquiry The work of Ofwat

Tuesday 18 October 2022

Start times: 10:30am (private) 10:30am (public)

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Committee to question water companies on sewage pollution and water bills  

The Industry and Regulators Committee will hold a session with water company CEOs as part of its inquiry into the work of Ofwat, the economic regulator of the water industry for England and Wales. The Committee will be questioning the water companies on their environmental performance, particularly in relation to sewage discharges, and challenging them on whether executive pay and dividends in the sector are justified given the scale of water pollution. The Committee will also discuss how to ensure future water supply in the context of the ongoing drought in many areas of England and Wales, consider whether stronger sanctions are needed to improve water company performance, and explore whether current levels of support for those struggling to pay their water bills are fair and sufficient.

Meeting details

At 10:30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry The work of Ofwat
CEO at Thames Water
CEO at Welsh Water
CEO at Southern Water

Possible questions include:

  • What sorts of strategic solutions are needed to ensure future water supply? Should solutions such as compulsory water metering and water transfers be considered?
  • How does Ofwat find a balance between allowing water companies to invest in the environment and ensuring consumer bills remain affordable? Is more guidance needed from the Government in this area?
  • Should a single social tariff be introduced covering all water companies in England and Wales, so that the same support for those struggling to pay their bills is available regardless of postcode?
  • Are current levels of dividends and executive pay justified given the environmental performance of the sector?



Room 3, Palace of Westminster

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