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Water Act 2003

342. .Section 59: Charges for services provided with the help of an undertaker

This section gives the Authority the power to offer greater financial protection to persons paying for water or sewerage services provided with the help of (but not by) a water or sewerage undertaker. This brings the protection that may be offered to these customers closer into line with that offered to customers in the case of the resale of gas and electricity.

343.The Director has existing powers to make an order fixing maximum charges for water resale in section 150 of the Water Industry Act 1991. The section adds further powers:

  • to order that interest be recoverable on any excess charge that is to be repaid and, if he exercises this power, to specify or describe the rate of interest;

  • to require any person providing water supplies or sewerage services with the help of an undertaker to provide specified or described information to the person who pays the charges; and

  • to specify a maximum price or to specify an amount or percentage reduction in the maximum price to apply in the event of failure to give information as required by an order.

344.Provisions in this section are devolved to the Assembly.

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