Southern Water Services Ltd – Notice Under Section 20 of the Water Industry Act 1991

Notice of Proposal to Make and Enforcement Order

The Chief Inspector of Drinking Water, appointed by the Secretary of State to act on her behalf in relation to the enforcement of water quality, gives notice as required by section 20(1) of the Water Industry Act 1991 that –

  1. The Inspectorate proposes to make an enforcement order under section 18(1) of the Water Industry Act 1991 (‘the Act’) requiring Southern Water Services Limited, with registered number 02366670, (‘the Company’) to carry out the remedial actions set out in the attached schedule of works to the attached draft.
  2. The making of an order is proposed on the basis that the Company is not complying with its obligations under section 68(1)(b) of the Act and has failed to comply with requirements contained in notices served on it under regulation 28(4) of the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2016 (‘the Regulations’), pertaining to Testwood water treatment works (reference SRN3911 V6), rendering it liable to enforcement actions under regulation 38 of the same Regulations.
  3. These contraventions are not considered to be trivial to the extent that exceptions outlined in section 19 of the Act should be applied.
  4. The effect of this order will be to place the Company under a statutory obligation to comply with the measures and deadlines outlined in the attached Schedule of Works.
  5. If the order is made, failure to carry out the steps and comply with reporting requirements set out in the Schedule of Works will be considered a contravention of the requirements of the order.
  6. Representations or objections with respect to the making of the order may be made by 10 February 2023 and should be addressed to Marcus Rink, Chief Inspector of Drinking Water at dwi.enforcement@defra.gov.uk.
  7. Any representations or objections which are duly made and not withdrawn by 10 February 2023 shall be considered by the Inspectorate for the purposes of determining whether the proposed order should be made.

Signed

Marcus Rink

Chief Inspector of Drinking Water on behalf of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

13 January 2023

Southern Water Services Limited

Enforcement Order – Section 18 of the Water Industry Act 1991

Reference: SRN-2022-00009

Version Number: DRAFT

Water undertaker as appointed under section 6 of the Water Industry Act 1991: Southern Water Services Limited, with registered number 02366670 (hereinafter called ‘the Company’).

Details of this Order:

  1. The Company has failed to carry out the steps identified in the regulation 28(4) notice served on it.
  2. The Company was notified on 13 January 2023 about the Inspectorate’s intention to make an enforcement order under section 18 of the Act in respect of contraventions of regulation 28(4)(b) of the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2016 (‘the Regulations’) as well as section 68(1)(b) of the Act.
  3. The Inspectorate has considered any representations or objections to the proposed order, which were duly made and not withdrawn.
  4. The Chief Inspector of Drinking Water makes this enforcement order under section 18(1) of the Act for the purposes of securing compliance with requirements imposed under regulation 28(4) of the Regulations and section 68(1)(b) of the Act.

Requirements:

  1. The Company is hereby required to complete the steps and reporting outlined in the attached Schedule of Works with effect from the day after this order is made.

DRAFT

Signed

SIGNATURE – DWI to populate

Marcus Rink

Chief Inspector of Drinking Water on behalf of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DATE TBC – DWI to populate

Reference: SRN-2022-00009 [DRAFT]

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