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Water Act 2014

Section 49: Modification of appointment and licence conditions

194.Section 49 provides that the regulations may allow Ofwat to modify the appointment conditions of a relevant undertaker or the licence conditions of a water supply or sewerage licensee where this is necessary or expedient in consequence of a transfer of a part of the undertaker’s undertaking to the licensee. This might be because an undertaker is no longer required to carry out a particular function in the area. It is intended that modifications would be made more easily than the provisions of the WIA would allow.

195.The regulations may also allow Ofwat to make consequential changes following these modifications. They might require Ofwat to obtain the Secretary of State’s consent to a modification and might set the time period during which modifications can be made. The time period could not exceed one year after the transfer has taken place.

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