Water policy in Wales

The National Assembly for Wales’ Environment and Sustainability Committee undertook a short inquiry into water policy in Wales.

The purpose of this inquiry was to:

  • Assess the implications of the Draft Water Bill for Wales, particularly with regard to competition in the non-household market.
  • Assess progress made by the Welsh Government in addressing water affordability issues for households.

The Committee considered:

  • What impact will the Draft Water Bill have on competition in the non-household market in Wales?
  • Are there any specific issues that might arise from having different market regimes in Wales and England for non-household customers, particularly in border areas?
  • What current mechanisms does the Welsh Government have in place to ensure water affordability in the household market?
  • What progress has the Welsh Government made on its commitments set out in its Programme for Government Update (May 2012)?
  • Is there anything further the Welsh Government should be doing to ensure water affordability in the household market?
  • With specific regard to affordability and competition, what should the Welsh Government include in its forthcoming Water Strategy?



Video evidence

The Outreach Team has produced a video package that includes contributions from businesses and organisations in the private and public sector.

The purpose of the videos is to demonstrate what businesses and staff working for public sector bodies considers to be the strengths and weaknesses of the current system, and to explain the potential advantages and disadvantages the proposals would have on their organisation.



Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 02/05/2013

Consultation process

The public consultation period ended on 1 March 2013.




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