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Development of the UK water market

How did we get here?

The water market in England is deregulating, giving business the chance to tap into savings and other opportunities for improving efficiency. But how did we get here? Take a look at the timeline for water market deregulation in the UK.

1st April 2017

Water Market Launch!

From 1st April 2017, all businesses, charities and public sector organisations in England and Scotland are able to switch their water retail supplier.

 

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1st April 2017
Summer 2016

First UK-wide multi-site contract with a single supplier

In the summer of 2016, Inprova Energy negotiated on behalf of Hotel du Vin/Malmaison hotel chain to put in place the first UK-wide multi-site contract with a water retailer for all of their sites.

 

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Summer 2016
August 2016

First 'in area' contract for 5ML site in England

Following the removal of the in-area trading ban by the regulator, Inprova Energy was the first to negotiate an improved tariff for a large agricultural college in the North-West of England. 

August 2016
14th May 2014

Water Bill receives Royal Assent

The Water Bill receives Royal Assent and has been officially signed into law by the Queen. This means that Defra is now legally required to open up competition in the water sector.

 

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14th May 2014
8th April 2014

Water Bill reaches final stages

On 8th April 2014, the third reading of the Water Bill in the House of Lords took place. Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords must now consider any proposed amendments before the Water Bill can finally receive Royal Assent and be passed into law.

 

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8th April 2014
22nd April 2009

Cave Review published

The Independent Review of Competition and Innovation in Water Markets: Final report (the Cave Review) first sets out the vision for a competitive water market for the benefit of businesses.

 

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22nd April 2009
31st March 2014

Water Bill continues to progress through Parliament

Following the House of Commons’ report stage and the third reading, the Water Bill begun its passage through the House of Lords in January with the final report stage complete on 31st March 2014.

 

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31st March 2014
31st December 2013

Adjustments made to the Water Bill

The Water Bill continues to progress through the House of Commons with amendments made throughout the process. All stages other than the report stage and third reading are complete by the end of 2013. 

 

31st December 2013
27th June 2013

Defra publishes the Water Bill

In June 2013, the UK government published the Water Bill, outlining its plans for the water sector in England and Wales. It proposes a number of reforms of the sector in areas such as competition, resilience and water resource availability.

 

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27th June 2013
1st February 2013

Draft Water Bill Report released

The report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee discusses how best to implement a level playing field within the competitive water market and the potential issues such as the lack of an exit clause for incumbant suppliers.

 

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1st February 2013
20th July 2012

Defra publishes the draft Water Bill

To improve service, pricing and innovation, the draft bill proposes easy market entry, collaboration between regulators, codes and charging regimes to protect customers and the market to be open to all non-domestic customers.

 

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20th July 2012
9th May 2012

The Queen announces water market plans

In May 2012, the Queen's speech outlined plans to reform the water industry in England and Wales.

 

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9th May 2012
8th December 2011

Defra releases Water White Paper

In response to the Cave Review, Defra publishes Water for life: Market reform proposals. This signalled the UK Government’s intentions to introduce full competition to all non-domestic customers in England.

 

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8th December 2011