Pennon this week was the latest to join the list of water companies applying for a water and sewerage supply licence. The Exeter-based South West Water parent's application takes the total since the application process began in April to seven including retail arms from four incumbent water firms.
Applications so far in date order are:
Clear Business Water
Northumbrian Water's business retail arm, NWG Business
Thames Water's business retail operation Thames Water Commercial Services
Business Stream and
Pennon Water Group Services.