The UK water supply is overseen by independent water regulators in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. These regulators ensure that water companies consider the needs and interests of consumers in their work, whilst maintaining efficient and economically sustainable practice.
The economic regulators for the UK water sector are:
- England and Wales - Ofwat
- Northern Ireland - The Utility Regulator
- Scotland - Water Industry Commision Scotland (WICS)
The regulators in the UK are responsible for setting limits on pricing and protecting customer interests, encouraging competition and investment within the industry, and administering the licensing regime for water and sewerage companies set out in the Water Services Act 1991.
On behalf of our members, Water UK engages with the principal UK regulatory bodies to create better outcomes for all.
Future of the water sector
Water UK also also provides a platform for water companies to share thinking on the future of the water sector as regulation develops. This is available below.