APPWG Virtual Meeting – Devolution in the Water Industry

Industry News

The All Party Parliamentary Water Group is holding a virtual meeting on “Devolution in the Water Industry – What can the regions learn from one another?”  from 4pm to 5pm on Tuesday 6 October 2020.


Water is devolved in the UK to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, there is one predominant company that provides water. In Wales, there are two and in England, eight companies provide water across the country for different geographic areas. In addition to this, there are various different regulatory frameworks. Regardless of these differences, we know that water companies are facing the same challenges over the next few years with rising demand, pressure from central government about pricing and targets to reduce leakage as well as meeting net zero goals. Which system will be best placed to tackle these challenges?
During this meeting, speakers from different devolved regions will share insights and we will discuss benefits of the different systems. Additionally, we’ll consider whether there are opportunities for greater collaborative working and ask what respective Governments need to do to help water companies in tackling these global challenges. We will look to identify how different regions are approaching tackling the water industry’s carbon footprint and meeting the environmental changes. We hope to be joined by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, British Water, Scottish Water and Northern Ireland Water.

We would be delighted if you could join us for this virtual meeting. To register your place please RSVP online. You will be sent joining instructions nearer the time.

If you have any questions you would like to pose in advance of the session, please email There will also be an opportunity to raise questions during the session but please note, as a parliamentary forum, precedent will be given to MPs and Peers as standard.

Best wishes
Beth Sidwell – for the APPWG Secretariat