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Water Act 2014

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  1. Introduction

  2. Summary and Background

    1. Part 1: Water industry

      1. Chapter 1: Water supply licences and sewerage licences (sections 1 to 7 and Schedules 1 to 5)

      2. Chapter 2: Water and sewerage undertakers (sections 8 to 21)

      3. Chapter 3: Regulation of the water industry (sections 22 to 41 and Schedule 6)

      4. Chapter 4: Retail exit: non-household premises (sections 42 to 53)

      5. Chapter 5: Miscellaneous (sections 54 to 56 and Schedule 7)

    2. Part 2: Water resources (sections 57 to 60)

    3. Part 3: Environmental regulation (sections 61 to 63 and Schedule 8)

    4. Part 4: Flood insurance (sections 64 to 84)

    5. Part 5: Miscellaneous (sections 85 to 89 and Schedules 9 and 10)

    6. Part 6: General and final (sections 90 to 95 and Schedules 11 and 12)

  3. Overview of the Structure of the Act

  4. Territorial Extent and Application

  5. Commentary

    1. Water Industry

      Part 1

      1. Water Supply Licences and Sewerage Licences

        Chapter 1

        1. Expansion of water supply licensing

          1. Section 1: Types of water supply licence and arrangements with water undertakers

          2. Section 2: The supply system of a water undertaker

          3. Section 3: The threshold requirement

        2. Introduction of sewerage licences

          1. Section 4: Types of sewerage licence and arrangements with sewerage undertakers

        3. Application as regards Wales

          1. Section 5: Water supply and sewerage licensing changes applied as regards Wales

        4. Licensing arrangements between England and Wales and Scotland

          1. Section 6: Arrangements with the Water Industry Commission for Scotland

          2. Section 7: Arrangements with the Water Services Regulation Authority

      2. Water and Sewerage Undertakers

        Chapter 2

        1. Arrangements between relevant undertakers

          1. Section 8: Bulk supply of water by water undertakers

          2. Section 9: Main connections into sewerage systems

        2. Agreements to adopt infrastructure

          1. Section 10: Agreements by water undertakers to adopt infrastructure

          2. Section 11: Agreements by sewerage undertakers to adopt infrastructure

        3. Arrangements for water undertakers to take water

          1. Section 12: Arrangements for water undertakers to take water from other persons

        4. Appointments and variations

          1. Section 13: Procedure with respect to appointments and variations

        5. Duty of to refer mergers of relevant undertakers

          1. Section 14: Exceptions to duty and undertakings in lieu of merger references

          2. Section 15: Exclusion of small mergers: advice of on threshold

        6. Relevant undertakers’ charges

          1. Section 16: Charges schemes

          2. Section 17: Rules about charges for connections

          3. Section 18: Charges for providing a water main

          4. Section 19: Charges for providing a public sewer

          5. Section 20: Charges for moving pipes

        7. Sustainable drainage

          1. Section 21: Drainage systems relieving public sewers

      3. Regulation of the Water Industry

        Chapter 3

        1. General duties of the Water Services Regulation Authority

          1. Section 22: Primary duty to secure resilience

          2. Section 23: General duty as regards undue preference in the provision of services

          3. Section 24: Strategic priorities and objectives

        2. Regulation of relevant undertakers, water supply licensees and sewerage licensees

          1. Section 25: Procedure for granting water supply and sewerage licences

          2. Section 26: Extension of time limit for imposing financial penalties

          3. Section 27: Water resources management plans for England: resilience

          4. Section 28: Frequency of water resources management and drought plans

          5. Section 29: Standards of performance: water supply

          6. Section 30: Standards of performance: sewerage

          7. Section 31: Interim duty: water supply

          8. Section 32: Interim duty: sewerage services

          9. Section 33: Notice of agreements within section 142(2)(b)

          10. Section 34: Register relating to undertakers and licensees

          11. Section 35: Operation of register

          12. Section 36: Obtaining information for enforcement purposes

        3. Appeals relating to codes

          1. Section 37: Appeals relating to revisions of codes

        4. Guidance relating to rules about charges

          1. Section 38: Guidance relating to rules about charges

        5. Adjudication functions

          1. Section 39: Exercise of adjudication functions by other persons

        6. Drinking water inspectorate

          1. Section 40: Charging of fees by assessors for the enforcement of water quality

        7. Provision of public sewers: premises in Wales

          1. Section 41: Disputes about the provision of public sewers: premises in Wales

      4. Retail Exit: Non-Household Premises

        Chapter 4

        1. Section 42: Retail exit: non-household premises

        2. Section 43: Application for retail exit

        3. Section 44: Eligible licensees

        4. Section 45: Transfer of undertaking

        5. Section 46: Operation of retail market

        6. Section 47: Operation of retail market: charges

        7. Section 48: Exit applications: further provision

        8. Section 49: Modification of appointment and licence conditions

        9. Section 50: General directions

        10. Section 51: Exit regulations: general

        11. Section 52: Interpretation

        12. Section 53: Procedure

      5. Miscellaneous

        Chapter 5

        1. Section 54: Consumer redress

        2. Section 55: Modification of appointment and licence conditions

        3. Section 56: Further amendments

    2. Water Resources

      Part 2

      1. Section 57: Report on water abstraction reform

      2. Section 58: Withdrawal of compensation for undertakers

      3. Section 59: Main rivers in England and Wales

      4. Section 60: Maps of waterworks

    3. Environmental Regulation

      Part 3

      1. Section 61: Regulation of the water environment

      2. Section 62: Environmental regulation: procedure

      3. Section 63: Repeal of certain provisions about culverts

    4. Flood Insurance

      Part 4

      1. The Flood Reinsurance Scheme

        1. Section 64: The Flood Reinsurance Scheme

        2. Section 65: Scheme administrator

        3. Section 66: Scheme funding

        4. Section 67: Scheme administration

        5. Section 68: Replacement of the scheme or administrator

        6. Section 69: Disclosure of council tax information

      2. Flood insurance obligations

        1. Section 70: Flood insurance obligations

        2. Section 71: Target number

        3. Section 72: Information

        4. Section 73: Section 72: further provision

        5. Section 74: Register of premises subject to greater flood risk

        6. Section 75: Functions of relevant bodies

        7. Section 76: Reviews and appeals

        8. Section 77: Expenses of relevant bodies

        9. Section 78: Compliance reports

        10. Section 79: Functions of the

        11. Section 80: Reports by the

        12. Section 81: Intervention by the or the

      3. General

        1. Section 82: Interpretation

        2. Section 83: Period of operation

        3. Section 84: Regulations and orders

    5. Miscellaneous

      Part 5

      1. Section 85: Internal drainage boards: procedure for orders confirming reorganisation

      2. Section 86: Internal drainage boards in England: alternative procedure for byelaws

      3. Section 87: Publication requirements under the Land Drainage Act 1991

      4. Section 88: Sustainable drainage systems: non-performance bonds

      5. Section 89: Amendments relating to Regional Flood and Coastal Committees

    6. General and Final

      Part 6

      1. Sections 90 to 95: General and final provisions

  6. Schedules

    1. Schedule 1: Water supply licences: authorisations

    2. Schedule 2: Water undertakers’ duties as regards water supply licensees

    3. Schedule 3: Sewerage licences: authorisations

    4. Schedule 4: Sewerage undertakers’ duties as regards sewerage licensees

    5. Schedule 5: Extension of licensing provisions in relation to Wales

    6. Schedule 6: Procedure on appeals under section 207A of the Water Industry Act 1991

    7. Schedule 7: Further amendments

    8. Schedule 8: Regulation of the water environment

    9. Schedule 9: Publication requirements under the Land Drainage Act 1991

    10. Schedule 10: Amendments relating to Regional Flood and Coastal Committees

    11. Schedule 11: Orders under section 91: further provision

    12. Schedule 12: Commencement orders: appropriate authority

  7. Commencement Dates

  8. Hansard References

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