Southern Water faces fresh scrutiny over wastewater compliance

Southern Water could face scrutiny from law enforcement authorities including the Serious Fraud Office, following ongoing investigations into its wastewater compliance by Ofwat and the Environment Agency, according to reports.

Ofwat has been looking into whether Southern Water breached its statutory duties and licence obligations relating to the performance of its wastewater treatment sites and the company’s reporting of compliance since June 2017. The duties are set out in sections 18-22 of the Water Industry Act 1991.

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Water Industry Act 1991 (As amended)

In force/
Current
Legislation
England, UK
Published
17 May 2012

Commentary

15/05/2014 Amending Water Act 2014 published.
03/04/2017 Amending Order (SI 2017/506) published.

Compliance Dates

01/12/1991 Comes into force o
01/12/1991

Characteristics

Subject

Water

Source

OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information)

Affected Sectors

Cross-sector Water
ECM

Water Industry Act 1991 (As amended)

Document Status: In force/Current

Scope: England, UK

Commentary:

15/05/2014 Amending Water Act 2014 published.
03/04/2017 Amending Order (SI 2017/506) published.

Compliance:

01/12/1991 Comes into force o
01/12/1991

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) would be among the new agencies looking into the matter, but a spokesman for the SFO told ENDS that although he is “aware that Ofwat opened an investigation into Southern Water for alleged breaches” he could “neither confirm nor deny interest in the matter”.

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