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Water Bill [HL]


Water Bill [HL]



Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Department for Environment, Food

and Rural Affairs, will be published separately as Bill 149—EN.


Secretary Margaret Beckett 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 [HL] are compatible with the Convention


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Part 1

Abstraction and impounding

Restrictions on abstraction and impounding

      1        Duty to conserve water resources

      2        Protection of inland surface waters, transitional waters, coastal waters and


      3        Licences to abstract water

      4        Restrictions on impounding

      5        Existing impounding works

      6        Existing impounding works: works notices

      7        Rights of navigation, harbour and conservancy authorities

      8        Rights to abstract small quantities

      9        Rights to abstract for drainage purposes, etc

      10        Amendments relating to section 9

      11        Power to provide for further exemptions

      12        Orders under section 33 of the WRA, etc

Applications for a licence

      13        Who may apply for a licence

      14        Abolition of combined licences

      15        Applications: types of abstraction licence

      16        Publication of application for licence

Consideration of licence applications

      17        General consideration of licence applications

      18        Protection from derogation

      19        Protected rights

      20        Register of certain protected rights

Form, contents and effect of licences

      21        Form, contents and effect of licences

      22        Limited extension of abstraction licence validity

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Modification of licences

      23        Modification of impounding licences

      24        Proposals for modification at instance of Agency or Secretary of State

Transfer and apportionment of licences

      25        Transfer and apportionment of licences

Claims and compensation

      26        Claims arising out of water abstraction

      27        Compensation for modification of licence on direction of Secretary of State

      28        Recovery of compensation from new licence-holder

      29        Withdrawal of compensation for certain revocations and variations

Water resources management schemes

      30        Water resources management schemes: other abstractors

      31        Water resources management schemes: referral to Secretary of State


      32        Enforcement notices, and related procedures and offences

      33        Appeals against enforcement orders


      34        Bulk supplies

      35        Visiting forces

      36        Application of certain water resources provisions to this Act

Part 2

New regulatory arrangements, etc

Establishment, etc of new bodies

      37        Water Services Regulation Authority

      38        Consumer Council for Water

      39        Transfer to Authority and Council of functions, property etc

      40        Conditions relating to costs of water regulation

      41        Forward work programmes and annual reports

Objectives of regulation of water industry

      42        Objectives and duties under WIA

      43        Guidance to Authority on social and environmental matters

      44        Standards of performance in relation to water supply

      45        Standards of performance in relation to sewerage services

Functions of the Council

      46        General functions of the Council

      47        Provision of information to the Council


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      48        Provision of statistical information to consumers etc

      49        Consumer complaints

      50        Investigations by the Council

Enforcement of obligations

      51        Financial penalties

      52        Enforcement of certain provisions

Remuneration and standards of performance

      53        Links between directors’ pay and standards of performance


      54        Reasons for decisions

      55        Co-operation between water regulators

The Competition Commission

      56        Specialist members of the Competition Commission

      57        Determination references under section 12 of the WIA

      58        Conditions of appointments under the WIA

Licensing of water suppliers

      59        Licensing of other water suppliers

Part 3


The Drinking Water Inspectorate

      60        The Chief Inspector of Drinking Water and the Drinking Water Inspectorate

Water fluoridation

      61        Fluoridation of water supplies

Water resale

      62        Charges for services provided with the help of an undertaker


      63        Abstraction and impounding offences

      64        Supplying water unfit for human consumption

Water resources management plans

      65        Water resources management plans


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      66        Drought plans

      67        Drought orders and drought permits: charges

      68        Procedure at local inquiries

Land drainage and flood defence

      69        Revocation of local flood defence schemes

      70        Membership of regional flood defence committees in Wales

      71        Regional flood defence committees

      72        Grants for drainage works and flood warning systems


      73        Information

Powers of entry

      74        Extension of Environment Agency’s powers of entry

Environment Agency’s general water resources duty

      75        Efficient use of water resources

Border rivers

      76        Border rivers


      77        Environment Agency to be enforcement authority under the Reservoirs Act


      78        Extension of enforcement authority’s reserve powers

      79        Service of documents

      80        Flood plans: large raised reservoirs

      81        National security

      82        Offences

      83        Crown application

Water conservation

      84        Water conservation: requirements on relevant undertakers

      85        Water conservation by public authorities

Fire hydrants

      86        Fire hydrants

Coal mine water pollution

      87        Control of water from coal mines


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Contaminated land

      88        Contaminated land: pollution of controlled waters

Discharge consents

      89        Transfer of discharge consents

Trade effluent consents

      90        Trade effluent consents

      91        Trade effluent consents: conditions of consent

Water mains, etc

      92        Water main requisitions: financial conditions

      93        Water main requisitions: calculation of payments

      94        Self-lay and adoption of water mains and service pipes

Sewers and drains

      95        Requisition and adoption of sewers

      96        Provision of public sewers otherwise than by requisition

      97        Requisition of lateral drains

      98        Adoption of lateral drains

      99        Requisitioning and adoption of lateral drains: supplementary

      100        Communication with public sewers

Part 4


      101        Devolution: Wales

      102        Minor and consequential amendments and repeals

      103        Specific transitional and transitory provisions

      104        Powers to make further supplementary, consequential and transitional

provision, etc

      105        Regulations and orders

      106        Interpretation, commencement, short title, and extent

                  Schedule 1                                         The Water Services Regulation Authority

                  Schedule 2                                         The Consumer Council for Water

                  Schedule 3                                         Further provisions about transfers of functions, property etc

                  Schedule 4                                         Licensing of water suppliers

                  Schedule 5                                         Powers of entry under the Coal Industry Act 1994

                  Schedule 6                                         Compulsory purchase under the Coal Industry Act 1994

                  Schedule 7                                         Minor and consequential amendments

                  Part 1                    —                     Abstraction and impounding

                  Part 2                    —                     New regulatory arrangements, etc

                  Part 3                    —                     Miscellaneous


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                  Schedule 8                                         Minor and consequential amendments: licensing of water

suppliers etc

                  Schedule 9                                         Repeals

                  Part 1                    —                     Abstraction and impounding

                  Part 2                    —                     New regulatory arrangements, etc

                  Part 3                    —                     Miscellaneous and supplementary


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