About Water UK
Water UK brings people together to create better policies for the future of water.
We represent all major statutory water and wastewater service supply organisations in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We work at national and European level for a strong water industry on behalf of our members and the interests of all our stakeholders.
Our prime focus is on high-level policy - instigating and facilitating the development of sustainable water policy that ensures lasting economic, social and environmental benefits for the UK.
Our aims are to promote the highest levels of drinking water quality, an environmentally sustainable industry and a stable regulatory regime able to attract the investment which the industry needs.
Who we work with
On behalf of our members, we engage with Defra and with other government departments and with the principal UK regulatory bodies - including Ofwat, the Environment Agency, the Drinking Water Inspectorate and their equivalents in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The ever-increasing importance of European law is reflected by our policy work at EU level, and we are active participants in Eureau, the European Federation of National Associations of Water and Wastewater Services. This provides a powerful platform for the industry within the European institutions.
Within Water UK, overall policy is set by our member companies, working through a Board and a Council of Members. Detailed policy work is carried out by our staff team, led by our Chief Executive.
- Chief Executive - Michael Roberts
The four main areas of work are:
- Customers - Rob Wesley
- Drinking water - Dr Jim Marshall
- Economic regulation and market reform - Rob Wesley
- Environment - Sarah Mukherjee
This work is supported by advisers for:
Water UK also provides a wide range of specialist networks and forums allowing our members to exchange best practice and to carry out research on issues of common concern.
Membership of Water UK is open to all businesses authorised to supply water and wastewater services in the United Kingdom, and to the equivalent government or statutory authorities providing these services in Scotland and Northern Ireland. We seek to maintain our ability to represent the whole sector by broadening the membership to include market entrants competing with the established suppliers.
Our broader stakeholder engagement programme of industry events and forums is supported by a number of partners, and we continue to develop opportunities for new partners.