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Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 32 – Deemed contracts

52.The 2005 Act established a framework whereby non-domestic customers could receive water and sewerage services from any one of a number of licensed providers operating in a competitive market, with Scottish Water effectively acting as the wholesale provider of the services. This section inserts into the 2005 Act new sections 20A and 20B, which address situations where customers are receiving services without having a contract with a particular licensed provider.

53.New section 20A of the 2005 Act provides that where water or sewerage services are provided to premises by Scottish Water as wholesale provider but, for whatever reason, there is no contract in place between a licensed provider and the occupier, a deemed contract shall exist between the occupier and whichever licensed provider is designated by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland.

54.New section 20B of the 2005 Act provides for the basis on which a provider is designated for the purposes of new section 20A, and the terms and conditions of the deemed contract, to be set out in a scheme which is to be prepared by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland.

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