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Flood and Water Management Act 2010

Strategic supplies

359.Paragraph 7 amends sections 66G(10) and 66H(10) of the Water Industry Act 1991. These sections allow the Water Services Regulatory Authority (Ofwat) to designate an introduction of water by a licensed water supplier as a strategic supply where, without the introduction or introductions, there would be a substantial risk that the undertaker would not be able to maintain supplies to all customers. The current definition of “customer” does not currently include licensed water suppliers who receive wholesale water supplies from the undertaker in order to supply their customers. The amendment in paragraph 7 ensures that the Authority can take wholesale supplies by the water undertaker to licensed water suppliers (and thereby their customers) into account when determining whether to designate one or more introductions of water by another licensed water supplier as a strategic supply.

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