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Veolia ready to take the plunge into open waters

Veolia have joined the list of companies applying to Ofwat for a water retail licence. The business already supplies waste and water services to the UK’s public, private and industrial sectors. Veolia Water Retail’s customers will include those eligible customers located in the Tidworth area and currently supplied by Veolia Water Projects.

Veolia has stated its focus to be on providing investment in innovation, to help drive efficiency and sustainability in the new competitive marketplace. Their application brings the total number of licence applications to twenty. Ofwat believe they will receive as many as forty new applicants during the coming year. You can see an up to date list of the companies participating in the open water marketplace below.

Update:  New entrant Everflow has applied to Ofwat for a licence to operate as a water retailer in the English marketplace when it opens in April. The Scottish company were granted a licence in Scotland back in October 2015, where they currently supply water and waste water services. This brings the total number of applicants so far to 21.

Affinity Water  Yes
Anglian Water Yes
Bristol Water Yes – forming joint venture with Wessex Water: Water 2 Business
Cambridge Water No (April 2013 merged with South Staffs Water)
Cholderton and District Water  Yes
Essex and Suffolk Water  Yes
Northumbrian Water Yes – new business retail arm NWG Business
Portsmouth Water  No  – withdrawing, services will be taken over by Castle Water
Regent Water Yes, licence pending
Sembcorp Bournemouth Water Ltd  Yes – will be participating as Pennon Water, bought by South West Water
Severn Trent Water  Yes – joining with United Utilities
South East Water  TBC
South Staffordshire Water  Yes – have merged with Pennon Water, under the out-of-area national brand name Source for Business
South West Water Yes – will be participating as Pennon – has also purchased Bournemouth Water
Southern Water  No – services will be taken over by Business Stream, a Scottish supplier
Sutton and East Surrey Water  Yes
Thames Water  No – services to be taken over by Castle Water
The Water Retail Company Yes, licence pending
United Utilities Water  Yes – joining with Severn Trent to form Water Plus
Veolia Water Yes – licence pending
Waterscan Yes – licence pending
Wessex Water Yes – will operate through existing retailer Water2Business with Bristol Water
Yorkshire Water Yes – forming new retail business arm ‘Kelda Retail’