Next steps for water market reform in England: competition, infrastructure & priorities for the future

Date: 5th July 2016

Location: Central London

Guests of Honour: David Black, Senior Director, Water 2020, Ofwat and Holly Yates, Head of Market Reform, Sponsorship and Consumer Protection, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Timed as new suppliers begin to enter the market for supplying water to businesses ahead of the introduction of competition in April 2017, this seminar will discuss the outlook for water supply and competition in England.

It will be an opportunity to discuss supply resilience, and key issues around the industry’s relationships with customers, following the expected publication in May of Ofwat’s consultation on its Water 2020 programme, as well as the outlook for other areas of the water sector, such as the upstream and wastewater segments.

Drawing on lessons from a similar competition programme introduced in Scotland from 2008, discussion is expected on challenges for current water suppliers, opportunities to effectively engage with consumers and developing a regulatory structure that encourages innovation. Further sessions will examine investment priorities and responding to challenges for network resilience and natural capital ahead of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment in January 2017, and the next steps for smart metering in the water industry.

At this early stage, we are delighted to include presentations from David Black, Senior Director, Water 2020, Ofwat and Holly Yates, Head of Market Reform, Sponsorship and Consumer Protection, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Professor Tony Allan, Emeritus Professor of Geography, King’s College London and Stockholm Water Prize Laureate; Trevor Bishop, Deputy Director for Water Resources, Environment Agency; Richard Laikin, UK Water Sector Leader, PwC; John Reynolds, Chief Executive, Castle Water; Alan Sutherland, Chief Executive, Water Industry Commission for Scotland and Karen Wright, Head of Water and Environment, WRc.

Angela Smith MP, Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has kindly agreed to chair a session at this seminar.

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