Three more pick up WSSLs as WICS grants Scots' first self supply licence

March 3, 2017

Ofwat has granted three more business retail water supply and sewerage licences (WSSLs) taking the total of licensed organisations to 19. Meanwhile The Water Industry Commission for Scotland has granted a water services self-supply licence and a sewerage services self- supply licence to Manchester-based Earl’s Gate Water – a subsidiary of chemicals producer CalaChem based in Grangemouth


The regulator has awarded WSSLs to The Water Retail Company, Water Choice South East’s Invicta Water subsidiary and Veolia Water Retail (UK).


Companies 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

Regent Water

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



South East Water Choice has been granted a sewerage licence


Outstanding applications

Cambrian Utilities

Advanced Demand Side Management

Peel Water



Anglian Water Business has applied to Ofwat to add wholesale and supplementary authorisations to the retail authorisations it already holds within its Water Supply and Sewerage Licence. The company explained it is seeking to replicate the right it already holds under its Combined Water Supply Licence to put water into an undertaker’s system, as well as the right to retail to customers, given its current licence will be withdrawn once the new regime kicks in in April. Anglian Water Business commented it had “already applied and received its retail authorisation and we are applying for the wholesale authorisation to maintain the equivalent of the licence we hold today”. 



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