Search Legislation

The Provision of Water and Sewerage Services (Reasonable Cost) (Scotland) Regulations 2015

Status:

This is the original version (as it was originally made). This item of legislation is currently only available in its original format.

PART 1INTRODUCTORY

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Provision of Water and Sewerage Services (Reasonable Cost) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 and come into force on 1st April 2015.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

“the 1968 Act” means the Sewerage (Scotland) Act 1968(1);

“the 1980 Act” means the Water (Scotland) Act 1980(2);

“the 2002 Act” means the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002(3);

“the 2005 Act” means the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Act 2005(4);

“charge” means a charge fixed under a charges scheme;

“charges scheme” means a charges scheme made under section 29A of the 2002 Act(5);

“connection year” means the year in which the connection is to be made;

“current charge” means the charge for the connection year;

“drain” has the meaning it has in section 59(1) of the 1968 Act;

“dwelling” has the meaning it has in section 27(2) of the 2005 Act;

“previous year” means the year which preceded the connection year;

“private sewer” has the meaning it has in section 59(1) of the 1968 Act;

“public sewer” has the meaning it has in section 59(1) of the 1968 Act(6);

r”, at each place it occurs in a formula in regulations 3, 4, 6 and 7, means 0.035;

“reference year” means the year which preceded the previous year;

“sewage” has the meaning it has in section 59(1) of the 1968 Act;

“sewerage services provider” is to be construed as it is in section 6(4) of the 2005 Act;

“water services provider” is to be construed as it is in section 6(2) of the 2005 Act; and

“year” means a period of 12 months ending with 31st March.

(2) In these Regulations, a reference to a dwelling in band B or band C is to be construed in the same way as a dwelling listed in valuation band B or, as the case may be, in valuation band C is to be construed in accordance with section 74(5) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992(7).

PART 2WATER SERVICES: REASONABLE COST

Dwellings

3.  For the purposes of section 6 of the 1980 Act, in determining what is a reasonable cost to take pipes affording a supply of wholesome water, where this is required for domestic purposes, to such point or points as will enable a building (or a part of it), which consists only of one or more dwellings, to be connected to the pipes (at a reasonable cost), the cost of taking the pipes (affording the supply) to the point or points is a reasonable cost only if the cost to Scottish Water does not exceed the amount determined by the formula—

where—

Cw” is the figure which is the average of—

(a)

the current charge (fixed as an annual charge) for or in connection with a supply of water to an unmetered dwelling in band B; and

(b)

the current charge (fixed as an annual charge) for or in connection with a supply of water to an unmetered dwelling in band C; and

Nw” is the number of dwellings in the building (or, as the case may be, the part of it) which is to be connected to the pipes at the point or points in question.

Non-dwellings

4.  For the purposes of section 6 of the 1980 Act, in determining what is a reasonable cost to take pipes affording a supply of wholesome water, where this is required for domestic purposes, to such point or points as will enable a building (or a part of it), which does not contain any dwellings, to be connected to the pipes (at a reasonable cost), the cost of taking the pipes (affording the supply) to the point or points is a reasonable cost only if the cost to Scottish Water does not exceed the amount determined by the formula—

where—

Ucw” is the predicted average amount that water services providers are to be charged by Scottish Water per cubic metre of water supplied during the connection year, calculated using the formula in paragraph 1 of Schedule 1; and

Vdom” is the relevant figure (expressed in cubic metres per annum) in the table in Schedule 2 which corresponds to the maximum number of persons to be employed at the building (or, as the case may be, the part of it) in question at any point in the connection year and to whether that building (or that part of it) has a toilet, shower or canteen (or a combination of these).

Calculating cost

5.—(1) In regulations 3 and 4, “the cost to Scottish Water” is the total of—

(a)the costs which would be incurred by Scottish Water in taking pipes to the point or points referred to in regulation 3 or, as the case may be, regulation 4; and

(b)the costs which would be reasonably and necessarily incurred by Scottish Water to ensure that the pipes afford a supply of wholesome water sufficient for the domestic purposes of all owners and occupiers of the building (or the part of it) to be connected to the pipes.

(2) In calculating the cost to Scottish Water for the purposes of regulations 3 and 4 the amount of any charge payable under a charges scheme must be left out of account.

(3) In paragraph (1)(b), “owner” and “occupier” are to be construed in accordance with the meanings given to those terms in section 109(1) of the 1980 Act.

PART 3SEWERAGE SERVICES: REASONABLE COST

Dwellings

6.  For the purposes of section 1 of the 1968 Act, in determining what is a reasonable cost to take public sewers to such point or points as will enable the owner of premises (or a part of them), which consists only of one or more dwellings and which is to be served by the public sewers, to connect the owner’s drains or private sewers (at a reasonable cost), the cost of taking the public sewers to the point or points is a reasonable cost only if the cost to Scottish Water does not exceed the amount determined by the formula—

where—

Cs” is the figure which is the average of—

(a)

the current charge (fixed as an annual charge) for or in connection with the provision of sewerage to, or the disposal of sewage from, an unmetered dwelling in band B; and

(b)

the current charge (fixed as an annual change) for or in connection with the provision of sewerage to, or the disposal of sewage from, an unmetered dwelling in band C; and

Ns” is the number of dwellings in the premises (or, as the case may be, the part of them) served by the drains or private sewers (of the owner) which are to be connected to the public sewers at the point or points in question.

Non-dwellings

7.—(1) For the purposes of section 1 of the 1968 Act, in determining what is a reasonable cost to take public sewers to such point or points as will enable the owner of premises (or part of them), which does not contain any dwellings and which is to be served by the public sewers, to connect the owner’s drains or private sewers (at a reasonable cost), the cost of taking the public sewers to the point or points is a reasonable cost only if the cost to Scottish Water does not exceed the amount determined by the formula—

where—

Ucs” is the predicted average amount that sewerage services providers are to be charged by Scottish Water per cubic metre of sewage disposed of during the connection year, calculated using the formula in paragraph 2 of Schedule 1; and

Vdom” is the relevant figure (expressed in cubic metres per annum) in the table in Schedule 2 which corresponds to the maximum number of persons to be employed at the premises (or, as the case may be, the part of them) in question at any point in the connection year and to whether that premises (or that part of them) has a toilet, shower or canteen (or a combination of these).

(2) In paragraph (1), if the premises (or the part of them) in question has more than one building (or part of a building), “Vdom” is to be construed as the total of the corresponding relevant figures for each building (or, as the case may be, each part of a building) in the table in Schedule 2.

Calculating cost

8.—(1) In regulations 6 and 7, “the cost to Scottish Water” is the total of—

(a)the costs which would be incurred by Scottish Water in taking public sewers to the point or points referred to in regulation 6 or, as the case may be, regulation 7; and

(b)the costs which would be reasonably and necessarily incurred by Scottish Water to ensure that domestic sewage, surface water and trade effluent from the premises (or the part of them) to be connected to the public sewers will be effectually drained and dealt with.

(2) In calculating the cost to Scottish Water for the purposes of regulations 6 and 7 the amount of any charge payable under a charges scheme must be left out of account.

(3) In paragraph (1)(b), “domestic sewage”, “surface water” and “trade effluent” are to be construed in accordance with the meaning of those expressions in section 59(1) of the 1968 Act.

PART 4REVOCATION

Revocation

9.  The Provision of Water and Sewerage Services (Reasonable Cost) (Scotland) Regulations 2011(8) are revoked.

KEITH BROWN

A member of the Scottish Government

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

24th February 2015

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made):The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

Policy Note

Policy Note sets out a brief statement of the purpose of a Scottish Statutory Instrument and provides information about its policy objective and policy implications. They aim to make the Scottish Statutory Instrument accessible to readers who are not legally qualified and accompany any Scottish Statutory Instrument or Draft Scottish Statutory Instrument laid before the Scottish Parliament from July 2012 onwards. Prior to this date these type of notes existed as ‘Executive Notes’ and accompanied Scottish Statutory Instruments from July 2005 until July 2012.

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources
Close

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as made version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources