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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 HL Bill 36—EN.


The Lord Whitty 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 rights.

HL Bill 6153/2


Water Bill [HL]





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 impounding 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

Part 2

New regulatory arrangements, etc

Establishment, etc of new bodies

      33        Water Services Regulation Authority

      34        Consumer Council for Water

      35        Transfer to Authority and Council of functions, property etc

      36        Conditions relating to costs of water regulation

      37        Forward work programmes and annual reports

Objectives of regulation of water industry

      38        Objectives and duties under WIA

      39        Guidance to Authority on social and environmental matters

      40        Standards of performance in relation to water supply

      41        Standards of performance in relation to sewerage services

Functions of the Council

      42        General functions of the Council

      43        Provision of information to the Council

      44        Provision of statistical information to consumers etc

      45        Consumer complaints


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      46        Investigations by the Council

Enforcement of obligations

      47        Financial penalties

      48        Enforcement of certain provisions

Remuneration and standards of performance

      49        Links between directors’ pay and standards of performance


      50        Reasons for decisions

The Competition Commission

      51        Specialist members of the Competition Commission

      52        Determination references under section 12 of the WIA

      53        Conditions of appointments under the WIA

Licensing of water suppliers

      54        Licensing of other water suppliers

Part 3


The Drinking Water Inspectorate

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

Water resale

      56        Charges for services provided with the help of an undertaker


      57        Abstraction and impounding offences

      58        Supplying water unfit for human consumption

Water resources management plans

      59        Water resources management plans


      60        Drought plans

      61        Drought orders and drought permits: charges

      62        Procedure at local inquiries


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Land drainage and flood defence

      63        Revocation of local flood defence schemes

      64        Regional flood defence committees

      65        Grants for drainage works and flood warning systems


      66        Information

Powers of entry

      67        Extension of Environment Agency’s powers of entry

Border rivers

      68        Border rivers


      69        Environment Agency to be enforcement authority under the Reservoirs Act


      70        Extension of enforcement authority’s reserve powers

      71        Service of documents

      72        Flood plans

      73        National security

      74        Offences

      75        Crown application

Water conservation by undertakers

      76        Water conservation

Fire hydrants

      77        Fire hydrants

Coal mine water pollution

      78        Control of water from coal mines

Contaminated land

      79        Contaminated land: pollution of controlled waters

Discharge consents

      80        Transfer of discharge consents

Trade effluent consents

      81        Trade effluent consents

      82        Trade effluent consents: conditions of consent


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Water mains, etc

      83        Water main requisitions: financial conditions

      84        Water main requisitions: calculation of payments

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

Sewers and drains

      86        Requisition and adoption of sewers

      87        Provision of public sewers otherwise than by requisition

      88        Requisition of lateral drains

      89        Adoption of lateral drains

      90        Requisitioning and adoption of lateral drains: supplementary

      91        Communication with public sewers

Part 4


      92        Devolution: Wales

      93        Minor and consequential amendments and repeals

      94        Specific transitional and transitory provisions

      95        Powers to make further supplementary, consequential and transitional

provision, etc

      96        Regulations and orders

      97        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

                  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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