Water Bill (HL Bill 97)

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Department for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs, are published separately as HL Bill 71—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Lord de Mauley has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the
Human Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Water Bill are compatible with Convention rights.

Contents

  1. Part 1

    Water industry

    1. Chapter 1

      Water supply licences and sewerage licences

      1. Expansion of water supply licensing

        1. 1. Types of water supply licence and arrangements with water undertakers

        2. 2. The supply system of a water undertaker

        3. 3. The threshold requirement

      2. Introduction of sewerage licences

        1. 4. Types of sewerage licence and arrangements with sewerage undertakers

      3. Application as regards Wales

        1. 5. Water supply and sewerage licensing changes applied as regards Wales

      4. Licensing arrangements between England and Wales and Scotland

        1. 6. Arrangements with the Water Industry Commission for Scotland

        2. 7. Arrangements with the Water Services Regulation Authority

    2. Chapter 2

      Water and sewerage undertakers

      1. Arrangements between relevant undertakers

        1. 8. Bulk supply of water by water undertakers

        2. 9. Main connections into sewerage systems

      2. Agreements to adopt infrastructure

        1. 10. Agreements by water undertakers to adopt infrastructure

        2. 11. Agreements by sewerage undertakers to adopt infrastructure

      3. Arrangements for water undertakers to take water

        1. 12. Arrangements for water undertakers to take water from other persons

      4. Appointments and variations

        1. 13. Procedure with respect to appointments and variations

      5. Duty of CMA to refer mergers of relevant undertakers

        1. 14. Exceptions to duty and undertakings in lieu of merger references

        2. 15. Exclusion of small mergers: advice of CMA on threshold

      6. Relevant undertakers’ charges

        1. 16. Charges schemes

        2. 17. Rules about charges for connections etc

        3. 18. Charges for providing a water main etc

        4. 19. Charges for providing a public sewer etc

        5. 20. Charges for moving pipes

      7. Sustainable drainage

        1. 21. Drainage systems relieving public sewers

    3. Chapter 3

      Regulation of the water industry

      1. General duties of the Water Services Regulation Authority

        1. 22. Primary duty to secure resilience

        2. 23. General duty as regards undue preference in the provision of services

        3. 24. Strategic priorities and objectives

      2. Regulation of relevant undertakers, water supply licensees and sewerage licensees

        1. 25. Procedure for granting water supply and sewerage licences

        2. 26. Extension of time limit for imposing financial penalties

        3. 27. Water resources management plans for England: resilience

        4. 28. Frequency of water resources management and drought plans

        5. 29. Standards of performance: water supply

        6. 30. Standards of performance: sewerage

        7. 31. Interim duty: water supply

        8. 32. Interim duty: sewerage services

        9. 33. Notice of agreements within section 142(2)(b)

        10. 34. Register relating to undertakers and licensees

        11. 35. Operation of register

        12. 36. Obtaining information for enforcement purposes

      3. Appeals relating to codes

        1. 37. Appeals relating to revisions of codes

      4. Guidance relating to rules about charges

        1. 38. Guidance relating to rules about charges

      5. Adjudication functions

        1. 39. Exercise of adjudication functions by other persons

      6. Drinking water inspectorate

        1. 40. Charging of fees by assessors for the enforcement of water quality

      7. Provision of public sewers: premises in Wales

        1. 41. Disputes about the provision of public sewers: premises in Wales

    4. Chapter 4

      Miscellaneous

      1. 42. Consumer redress

      2. 43. Modification of appointment and licence conditions

      3. 44. Further amendments

  2. Part 2

    Water resources

    1. 45. Report on water abstraction reform

    2. 46. Withdrawal of compensation for undertakers

    3. 47. Main rivers in England and Wales

    4. 48. Maps of waterworks

  3. Part 3

    Environmental regulation

    1. 49. Regulation of the water environment

    2. 50. Environmental regulation: procedure

    3. 51. Repeal of certain provisions about culverts

  4. Part 4

    Flood insurance

    1. The Flood Reinsurance Scheme

      1. 52. The Flood Reinsurance Scheme

      2. 53. Scheme administrator

      3. 54. Scheme funding

      4. 55. Scheme administration

      5. 56. Replacement of the scheme or administrator

      6. 57. Disclosure of HMRC council tax information

    2. Flood insurance obligations

      1. 58. Flood insurance obligations

      2. 59. Target number

      3. 60. Information

      4. 61. Section 60: further provision

      5. 62. Register of premises subject to greater flood risk

      6. 63. Functions of relevant bodies

      7. 64. Reviews and appeals

      8. 65. Expenses of relevant bodies

      9. 66. Compliance reports

      10. 67. Functions of the FCA

      11. 68. Reports by the FCA

      12. 69. Intervention by the FCA or the PRA

    3. General

      1. 70. Interpretation

      2. 71. Period of operation

      3. 72. Regulations and orders

  5. Part 5

    Miscellaneous

    1. 73. Internal drainage boards: procedure for orders confirming reorganisation

    2. 74. Internal drainage boards in England: alternative procedure for byelaws

    3. 75. Publication requirements under the Land Drainage Act 1991

    4. 76. Sustainable drainage systems: non-performance bonds

    5. 77. Amendments relating to Regional Flood and Coastal Committees

  6. Part 6

    General and final

    1. 78. Power to make consequential provision

    2. 79. Transitional, transitory or saving provision

    3. 80. Financial provisions

    4. 81. Extent

    5. 82. Commencement

    6. 83. Short title

    1. Schedule 1

      Water supply licences: authorisations

    2. Schedule 2

      Water undertakers’ duties as regards water supply licensees

    3. Schedule 3

      Sewerage licences: authorisations

    4. Schedule 4

      Sewerage undertakers’ duties as regards sewerage licensees

    5. Schedule 5

      Extension of licensing provisions in relation to Wales

    6. Schedule 6

      Procedure on appeals under section 207A of the Water
      Industry Act 1991

    7. Schedule 7

      Further amendments

    8. Schedule 8

      Regulation of the water environment

      1. Part 1

        Purposes for which provision may be made

      2. Part 2

        Supplementary provision

    9. Schedule 9

      Publication requirements under the Land Drainage Act 1991

    10. Schedule 10

      Amendments relating to Regional Flood and Coastal
      Committees

    11. Schedule 11

      Orders under section 79: further provision

    12. Schedule 12

      Commencement orders: appropriate authority