Businesses will have more freedom to choose water suppliers – but there are still some caveats to deal with
In April the competitive water market opened up in England. This follows Scotland, which opened in 2008, and is ahead of Northern Ireland and Wales – although in the latter, a few high-water users can opt for competition.
Businesses with properties across the UK can have one water and wastewater services supplier in England and Scotland, but not for their sites in Wales or Northern Ireland. And it gets more complex with the different regulatory regimes: Ofwat in England and Wales, the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS), and the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation.