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Water Act 2014

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

106.This section inserts Chapter 2B into Part 3 of the WIA. New section 66M provides the Secretary of State and the Welsh Ministers with powers to make regulations that would set in place provisions that confer functions on themselves and disallow Ofwat and the CMA from using powers in the Competition Act 1998 in respect to water supply agreements between undertakers and other persons.

107.Section 66N provides that the regulations may allow Ofwat to require a water undertaker to take a water supply from a relevant person and to require such a water supply agreement to be varied or terminated. The regulations must include provisions permitting Ofwat to make an order imposing, varying or terminating a water supply agreement only on an application by one of the parties and where they are unable to come to an agreement. The regulations may also require Ofwat to consult the appropriate environmental agency before imposing, varying or terminating a water supply agreement. The regulations may also include provisions outlining other circumstances when Ofwat may make an order.

108.Section 66O enables the regulations to provide Ofwat with powers to issue enforceable codes and charging rules to regulate water supply agreements and provide the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers with powers to issue guidance on the content of Ofwat’s charging rules. The regulations may also make consequential changes to legislation.

109.New section 66P sets out the procedures the Secretary of State and the Welsh Ministers must follow when producing the regulations, including the bodies that they must consult before laying the draft regulations before Parliament or the Assembly.

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