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Codes for adoption

On 25 October 2019, the documentation submitted by Water UK in relation to sewerage was approved by Ofwat.  The final approved documentation can be downloaded by following the links below.

Sewerage adoption

On 25 October 2019, the documentation submitted by Water UK in relation to sewerage was approved by Ofwat. The approved documentation can be reached via the link below.

The new sewerage adoption arrangements will come into effect on 1 April 2020.  In order to allow a smooth introduction of the new arrangements alongside various other initiatives which are to take effect on that date, reporting against most of the new performance metrics is going to be delayed for a maximum of six months from 1 April, as noted in the Sewerage Sector Guidance document (SSG).

Water companies have also published principles to deal with the transition between the current Sewers for Adoption regime and the new SSG.  These are set out below, along with the other SSG documents.

In general, applications using current standards will continue to be accepted for six months from the implementation of the SSG on 1 April 2020.  As far as possible, sewerage undertakers would prefer to agree with developers that schemes submitted before 1 April should be handled using the new service standards.  For schemes currently being developed which involve SuDS, it is likely to be beneficial for the new SSG standards to be followed and developers are strongly encouraged to contact their local sewerage undertaker to discuss this further.

Independent Sewerage Adoption Panel

A requirement of Ofwat’s Code for adoption agreements is that all requests for changes to the documentation approved by Ofwat be submitted to an independent panel, comprised of an equal number of water companies and customers.  The role of the panel is to make recommendations to Ofwat where it consider that changes to the approved documentation are appropriate.

Under the chairmanship of Victor Olowe, the sewerage panel comprises the following individuals:

Gary Boddington Anglian Water Drainage Manager
Ali Tregale South West Water Developer Manager
Nick Ayling Thames Water Technical & Regulatory Advisor
Jenny Henman Yorkshire Water Key Account Manager, Developer Services
Richard Starritt Severn Trent Design Manager, Developer Services
Gavin Thorne Barratt Group Utilities Manager
Karl Walker Seddon Homes Technical Manager
Justin Gaggini Kier Living Technical Manager
Sam Vernon Bellway Engineer
Marcus Maughan Redrow Engineering Manager


Those wishing to contact the sewerage panel can do so at this address:

<sewerageadoption@water.org.uk>

 

Water adoption

Following further correspondence between Ofwat and Water UK, a revised suite of documents was submitted to Ofwat on 20 May 2020.  Water UK also submitted a revised version of the consolidated spreadsheet showing how each of the comments to its October 2019 consultation had been dealt with.  In summary, in the vast majority of cases where Water UK had indicated that a change would be made to the documentation, that change has now been made.  Where on further consideration, no change was considered necessary, this will be stated on the spreadsheet.

The documents set out below therefore incorporate these changes.

Independent Water Adoption Panel

A requirement of Ofwat’s Code for adoption agreements is that all requests for changes to the documentation approved by Ofwat be submitted to an independent panel, comprised of an equal number of water companies and customers.  The role of the panel is to make recommendations to Ofwat where it consider that changes to the approved documentation are appropriate.

Under the chairmanship of Victor Olowe, the water panel comprises the following individuals:

Patrick Daly PN Daly Commercial Director
Ben Brownbill Infrastructure Gateway Technical Director
David Topping Triconnex Managing Director
Damian Hill Persimmon Homes Projects Manager
Rob Perrins Berkeley Homes Technical Director
Graham Morley United Utilities Technical Assurance Manager
James Ball Anglian Water Scheme Delivery Manager
Daniel Borst Severn Trent Self-Lay Lead – Developer Services
Nigel Martin Wessex Water Head of Developer Services
Martin Ballington Southern Water Water Networks Contract Manager

Those wishing to contact the water panel can do so at this address:

<wateradoption@water.org.uk>