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Rosy view of water industry

I note that your supplement Privatised Water - the first decade was supported by the water companies which perhaps explains the glowing success story format of the document.

Only in the introduction could I find any reference to the role of the regulatory regime in this success story, and then only one of them, the economic regulator Ofwat, Why no mention of the Drinking Water Inspectorate or the Environment report on our activities. At last there is proper debate within its pages. For the first time professional development issues are covered and best of all it appeals to the younger members of the profession.

The underlying current in civil engineering, both in the national and local scene, is that of change and modernisation.

NCE has taken the bold step and this should be seen as a statement for the future.

Mark Philpotts (G), MPhilpotts@tilfen.co.uk

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