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Independent Walker Review of Charging and Metering for Water and Sewerage services

Anna Walker, Chair of the Office of Rail Regulation led an independent review of charging for household water and sewerage services.

This was distinct from the Cave Review of competition and innovation in water markets and the 5 year Ofwat Water Charging and Price Review.

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Publication of the final report

The Independent Review of Charging for Household Water and Sewerage Services, led by Anna Walker, published its final report on 8 December 2009.

Tariff Modelling Report

The Independent Review of Charging for Household Water and Sewerage Services commissioned a report into water charging tariff modelling. The aim of this work was to provide the Review team with quantitative analysis of the effects of the current and of possible future alternative tariff arrangements on household water bills.

Interim report consultation workshops

Three stakeholder consultation workshops were held to consult on the emerging recommendations of the interim report in July 2009. They took place in Plymouth to consult with interested parties in the South West on the 17th July, a workshop dedicated to affordability in London on the 20th July and an environmental workshop on the 22nd July. The notes and most of the presentations are now available to download.

Publication of the interim report

The independent Review of Household Charging and Metering for Water and Sewerage Services, led by Anna Walker, published its interim report on 29 June 2009.

Publication of call for evidence

The independent Review of Household Charging and Metering for Water and Sewerage Services, led by Anna Walker, published its call for evidence in November 2008. The call for evidence was used to develop a body of knowledge which the review used to develop options and recommendations to Government.

Why is the review taking place?

In summary, the review will:

  • Examine the current system of charging households for water and sewerage services, and assess the effectiveness and fairness of current and alternative methods of charging;
  • Consider social, economic and environmental concerns; and
  • Make recommendations on any actions that should be taken to ensure that England and Wales has a sustainable and fair system of charging in place.  This could include changes to current legislation and guidance.
  • Initial letter to stakeholders (28 August 2008)

When is it happening?

The review began in August 2008. The review’s emerging conclusions were published for consultation in June 2009 and the final report was published in December 2009.

How am I affected?

The review is concerned with charges for domestic users of water and sewerage services.  Its conclusions are therefore likely to be of interest to householders, landlords, water and waste water industries and associated industries and services, the third sector and local government. Government will decide which of the Report’s recommendations it will take forward.

Further information

Page last modified: 14 Janusry 2010
Page published: 28 August 2008