Little interest in water competition

16 July 2007
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17 July 2007 | Paul Snell

Ofwat has received only 10 responses to its proposal to improve competition between water suppliers.

The water regulator had invited the views of businesses and stakeholders to increase competition among suppliers. It followed Ofwat's admission in April that attempts to make the water sector competitive had failed (News, 26 April).

Ofwat said it had anticipated a greater response to the review, despite the fact the document was only an invitation to comment.

"We do not consider that the 10 responses received are a true and complete reflection of the position in the industry and would like to encourage the involvement of stakeholders going forward so all views are accurately reflected in our work programme," it said.

Yesterday Ofwat published a report into proposed changes, launching a full consultation on the subject of competition. These include "significantly" reducing the amount of water a company has to use to be able to switch vendor, and making it easier for companies to become suppliers.

Anyone who wishes to comment on the new proposals should e-mail by 28 September.


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