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SCOTTISH WATER IMPROVEMENTS GATHER PACE

04 November 2009

Scottish Water has increased the pace of delivery of its capital investment programme, according to the latest annual ‘Investment report’ released today by the water industry regulator.

The Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS) found that after falling behind on targets for the first three quarters of 2008-09, Scottish Water increased the speed at which it delivered projects during the final quarter of the year. Scottish Water also improved its focus on completing projects to the point where the independent quality regulators can sign them off.

Despite commending Scottish Water’s investment progress, WICS warned that there is still room for improvement, and raised concerns that projects planned for the following years were pulled forward in order for targets to be met.

The forecast cost of delivering the overall programme has also risen from £2,446 million to £2,557 million, but Scottish Water has provided assurances that sufficient finance remains to complete all planned projects.

Alan Sutherland, WICS’ Chief Executive said: “The scale of Scottish Water’s investment in recent years has been significant – one of the largest investment programmes in the UK water industry. We welcome the improved delivery during the final quarter of 2008-09. As the regulator our role is to make sure that this recent progress is maintained, and that the benefits to customers are delivered at the cost originally allowed for.”

To download a copy of the report, please visit www.watercommission.co.uk


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For more press information please contact:
-    Claire Methven or Emma Ap-Thomas, 3 Monkeys Communications, 020 7009 3100
[email protected]
-    Katherine Russell, WICS’ Director of Corporate Affairs, 01786 430 200

Notes to editors:
1.    The Water Industry Commission for Scotland is the economic regulator of the Scottish water industry. It has a statutory duty to determine price limits for Scottish Water based on the lowest overall reasonable cost of achieving ministerial objectives for the water industry. In June 2009, the Commission published draft price limits for water and sewerage services for the regulatory control period 2010-14/15.  To find out more visit the ‘Future prices’ section of our website www.watercommission.co.uk

2.    The investment programme is designed to deliver significant environmental, drinking water quality and customer service improvements. WICS is a member of the multi-stakeholder group, the Output Monitoring Group, which monitors Scottish Water’s performance in delivering the programme. The group is chaired by the Scottish Government and include representatives from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Drinking Water Quality Regulator, Waterwatch Scotland and Scottish Water.
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