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AMPle confidence


Your leading article (NCE 3 March) is correct in principle - in that the intensive water company framework re-bidding process has shaken down to broadly the same groups of people.

But what is different is that in many cases the water utilities have redefined the way we work for them. It may look static from a distance: at close range it is a process of continual development.

For example, our services for Yorkshire Water will be in an entirely re-configured MWH + MJ Gleeson joint venture, building on our experience of AMP3 to provide a unit specifically tailored for different AMP4 needs: And, in addition, overseeing a new region of Yorkshire's supply area.

Nevertheless, we like to think that the future will find a way to offer this continual improvement to the water companies that doesn't involve such costly disruption to the business every fi ve years.

Ken Farrer, chairman, MWH UK, 201 Amersham Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP13 5AJ

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