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Codes for adoption

Introduction 

The links at the bottom of this page will take you to the documentation developed by Water UK on behalf of its members to meet the requirements of Ofwat’s Code for Adoption Agreement.   The code can be found here.

Links to permitted local variations form the standard documentation are also provided below.

Independent panels have been set up to make recommendations on proposals to change the standard adoption documentation.  More details can be found below.

Sewerage adoption

The new sewerage adoption arrangements came into effect on 1 April 2020.  

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

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

The water code documentation was approved by Ofwat on 3 September 2020.  The approved set of documents is set out below.

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 Shropshire 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>