Regulation of the Water Industry inquiry launched

09 May 2018

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee considers how well the water industry serves consumers and the environment, how innovation can be encouraged and whether current regulatory enforcement mechanisms are fit for purpose. Further, it will consider the potential benefits of regulatory divergence post-Brexit.

Chair's comments

Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, said:

“The water industry is facing a number of challenges. As the UK’s population increases and the impact of climate change becomes more apparent, pressure will be put on water resources and the industry’s ability to provide a reliable and safe supply of water to commercial and domestic consumers.

“Ofwat has recently criticised water companies for their performance around incidents of leakage and pollution, as well as of their financial arrangements. Our inquiry will scrutinise this essential industry closely and, where necessary, lay out the steps necessary to resolve any issues that are identified”.

Terms of reference

In particular, the Committee seeks written submissions that address the following issues:

  1. Is regulation of the water industry improving outcomes for consumers and the environment?
  2. Is the water industry adequately delivering a “twin-track approach” of increasing water supplies and reducing water demand?
  3. How can innovation be increased in the water industry?
  4. Are penalties and enforcement mechanisms encouraging responsible behaviour?
  5. Are there any potential benefits for the environment that could be achieved though regulatory divergence post-Brexit?

Deadline for submissions

Written evidence should be submitted through the Committee’s web portal by midnight on Wednesday 6 June. It is recommended that all submitters familiarise themselves with the Guidance on giving evidence to a Select Committee of the House of Commons which outlines particulars of word count, format, document size, and content restrictions.


We encourage members of underrepresented groups to submit written evidence. We aim to have diverse panels of Select Committee witnesses and ask organisations to bear this in mind when we ask them to choose a representative. We are currently monitoring the diversity of our witnesses.

Further information

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