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Part 1

Abstraction and impounding

Restrictions on abstraction and impounding

      1        Licences to abstract water

      2        Restrictions on impounding

      3        Existing impounding works

      4        Existing impounding works: works notices

      5        Rights of navigation, harbour and conservancy authorities

      6        Rights to abstract small quantities

      7        Rights to abstract for drainage purposes, etc

      8        Amendments relating to section 7

      9        Power to provide for further exemptions

      10        Orders under section 33 of the WRA, etc

Applications for a licence

      11        Who may apply for a licence

      12        Abolition of combined licences

      13        Applications: types of abstraction licence

      14        Publication of application for licence

Consideration of licence applications

      15        General consideration of licence applications

      16        Protection from derogation

      17        Protected rights

      18        Register of certain protected rights

Form, contents and effect of licences

      19        Form, contents and effect of licences

      20        Limited extension of abstraction licence validity

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Modification of licences

      21        Modification of licences

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

Transfer and apportionment of licences

      23        Transfer and apportionment of licences

Claims and compensation

      24        Claims arising out of water abstraction

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

      26        Recovery of compensation from new licence-holder

      27        Withdrawal of compensation for certain revocations and variations

Water resources management schemes

      28        Water resources management schemes: other abstractors

      29        Water resources management schemes: referral to Secretary of State


      30        Enforcement notices, and related procedures and offences


      31        Bulk supplies

      32        Visiting forces

      33        Application of certain water resources provisions to this Act

Part 2

New regulatory arrangements, etc

Establishment, etc of new bodies

      34        Water Services Regulation Authority

      35        Consumer Council for Water

      36        Transfer to Authority and Council of functions, property etc

      37        Conditions relating to costs of water regulation

      38        Forward work programmes and annual reports

Objectives of regulation of water industry

      39        Objectives and duties under WIA

      40        Guidance to Authority on social and environmental matters

      41        Standards of performance in relation to water supply

      42        Standards of performance in relation to sewerage services

Functions of the Council

      43        General functions of the Council

      44        Provision of information to the Council

      45        Provision of statistical information to consumers etc


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      46        Consumer complaints

      47        Investigations by the Council

Enforcement of obligations

      48        Financial penalties

      49        Enforcement of certain provisions

Remuneration and standards of performance

      50        Links between directors’ pay and standards of performance


      51        Reasons for decisions

      52        Co-operation between water regulators

The Competition Commission

      53        Specialist members of the Competition Commission

      54        Determination references under section 12 of the WIA

      55        Conditions of appointments under the WIA

Licensing of water suppliers

      56        Licensing of other water suppliers

Part 3


The Drinking Water Inspectorate

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

Water fluoridation

      58        Fluoridation of water supplies

Water resale

      59        Charges for services provided with the help of an undertaker


      60        Abstraction and impounding offences

      61        Supplying water unfit for human consumption

Water resources management plans

      62        Water resources management plans


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      63        Drought plans

      64        Drought orders and drought permits: charges

      65        Procedure at local inquiries

Land drainage and flood defence

      66        Revocation of local flood defence schemes

      67        Membership of regional flood defence committees in Wales

      68        Regional flood defence committees

      69        Grants for drainage works and flood warning systems


      70        Information

Powers of entry

      71        Extension of Environment Agency’s powers of entry

Environment Agency’s general water resources duty

      72        Efficient use of water resources

Border rivers

      73        Border rivers


      74        Environment Agency to be enforcement authority under the Reservoirs Act


      75        Extension of enforcement authority’s reserve powers

      76        Service of documents

      77        Flood plans: large raised reservoirs

      78        National security

      79        Offences

      80        Crown application

Water conservation

      81        Duty to encourage water conservation

      82        Water conservation: requirements on relevant undertakers

      83        Water conservation by public authorities

Fire hydrants

      84        Fire hydrants

Coal mine water pollution

      85        Control of water from coal mines


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Contaminated land

      86        Contaminated land: pollution of controlled waters

Discharge consents

      87        Transfer of discharge consents

Trade effluent consents

      88        Trade effluent consents

      89        Trade effluent consents: conditions of consent

Water mains, etc

      90        Water main requisitions: financial conditions

      91        Water main requisitions: calculation of payments

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

Sewers and drains

      93        Requisition and adoption of sewers

      94        Provision of public sewers otherwise than by requisition

      95        Requisition of lateral drains

      96        Adoption of lateral drains

      97        Requisitioning and adoption of lateral drains: supplementary

      98        Communication with public sewers

Part 4


      99        Devolution: Wales

      100        Minor and consequential amendments and repeals

      101        Specific transitional and transitory provisions

      102        Powers to make further supplementary, consequential and transitional

provision, etc

      103        Regulations and orders

      104        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 and revocation

                  Part 1                    —                     Abstraction and impounding

                  Part 2                    —                     New regulatory arrangements, etc

                  Part 3                    —                     Miscellaneous and supplementary


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