Suppliers to the water industry have welcomed the final approval of the Water Bill.
The legislation – which opens up the water market to new entrants, and makes it easier for businesses to change their water company – gained royal assent last week.
David Smoker, chair of the Water Industry Supply Chain Network, said: “We welcome the provisions contained within the Act, particularly those which encourage innovation and sustainability.
“However, we recognise that delivery of the Act’s provisions will require much closer collaboration between all the stakeholders involved. The bodies representing the water industry supply chain look forward to working with all stakeholders to deliver these aspirations for the benefit of customers and the wider economy.”
Pamela Taylor, chief executive at Water UK, said: “The Act enables us to build on the success of the last 25 years, by driving forward improvements for business customers and the environment and boosting innovation and growth.”
She added: “Each company is already preparing for the retail market opening in 2017 and working with all our stakeholders to ensure that customers and society can rely on water and sewerage services being resilient now and in the future.”