First self supply licence application poised to as WSSL bids mount – update

The Water Report understands the first self supply Water Supply and Sewerage Licence (WSSL) application is imminent and may be followed shortly after by a number of others.

Scotland based Everflow this week became the latest applicant for a WSSL. It said it "hopes to attract businesses through a commitment to transparent pricing, so that customers can see exactly what they are getting for the money they pay." Ofwat will consult on the application until 3 February.

Just before Christmas, a Veolia subsidiary put in for a WSSL. Ofwat is consulting until 23 January on Veolia Water Retail (UK)’s application for national trading licence, which will enable it to supply eligible customers in Tidworth who are currently supplied by Veolia Water Projects.

The total number of applications so far stand at 21, as follows:

Companies that have been granted a WSSL

Affinity for Business

Anglian Water Business

Castle Water

Clear Business Water

Kelda Retail (Three Sixty)

Northumbrian Water Business (Wave )

Severn Trent and United Utilities,(Water Plus)

South Staffs Water Business

SES Business Water

Water 2 Business

Business Stream

Cobalt Water

Pennon Water Services

Thames Water Commercial Services was granted a licence and has since exited the market

South East Water Choice has been granted a sewerage licence.

Companies awaiting the result of an application


Water Choice South East (through its Invicta Water subsidiary)


Regent Water

The Water Retail Company;