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Water Act 2014

Overview of the Structure of the Act

The overall structure of the Water Act is:

Part 1Water industry1
  • Chapter 1

Water supply licences and sewerage licences
  • Chapter 2

Water and sewerage undertakers8
  • Chapter 3

Regulation of the water industry64
  • Chapter 4

Retail exit: non-household premises95
  • Chapter 5

Part 2Water resources106
Part 3Environmental regulation114
Part 4Flood insurance118
Part 5Miscellaneous134
Part 6General and final135
Schedule 1Water supply licences: authorisations138
Schedule 2Water undertakers’ duties as regards water supply licensees140
Schedule 3Sewerage licences: authorisations157
Schedule 4Sewerage undertakers’ duties as regards sewerage licensees159
Schedule 5Extension of licensing provisions in relation to Wales175
Schedule 6Procedure on appeals under section 207A of the Water Industry Act 1991184
Schedule 7Further amendments187
Schedule 8Regulation of the water environment223
Part One: Purposes for which provision may be made
Part Two: Supplementary provision229
Schedule 9Publication requirements under the Land Drainage Act 1991232
Schedule 10Amendments relating to Regional Flood and Coastal Committees234
Schedule 11Orders under section 91: further provision237
Schedule 12Commencement orders: appropriate authority244

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