United Utilities fined £3,500 for highway safety breach

A water supplier has been ordered to pay £6,500, including costs, for breaching highway safety precautions in Cheshire. United Utilities Water pleaded guility for failing to ensure its works were adequately safeguarded, causing pedestrians to use a busy highway with passing traffic, to manoeuvre around the works. A street works inspector from Cheshire East Council […]

United Utilities fined £666k for raw sewage pollution

United Utilities has been ordered to pay £666,000 for polluting a river with untreated sewage effluent in Greater Manchester. The Environment Agency took the prosecution against the water company after sewage polluted the River Medlock, which had a significant impact on fish population and water quality over four kilometres. A member of the public initially […]

United Utilities pleads guilty to supplying water unfit for human use

United Utilities has pleaded guilty to supplying water that was unfit for human consumption to hundreds of thousands of customers. Around 700,000 people had to boil their water before drinking for nearly three weeks between 30th July 2015 and 18th August 2015. Cryptosporidium, a microscopic parasite, was found during routine tests at the Franklaw water […]

United Utilities fined almost £1m for polluting a brook

United Utilities (UU) and its contractor have been fined almost £1 million for polluting a brook. The water company has been sentenced to pay £600,000 and contractor KMI+ has to pay £330,000, according to the Environment Agency. KMI+ was contracted by UU to carry out improvement works at Wayoh water treatment works at Turton Bottoms, […]

Green light for Severn Trent-United Utilities merger

Severn Trent and United Utilities have been given the green light by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to form a joint venture targeting the business water retail market. The new company ‘Water Plus’ will be based in Hanley, Stoke on Trent and combine their non-household water and wastewater retail businesses, employing 400 people. It […]

EU grants £500m to support UK water projects

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide £500 million to support water and wastewater projects in the UK. United Utilities, which serves seven million domestic and 200,000 business customers, will use the 18-year loan to finance improvements across the north-west of England. Projects being supported by the EIB loan include a proposed pipeline […]

Water opportunity ahead for brokers says Tony McHardy of United Utilities

Water is the next big thing for TPIs says Tony McHardy from United Utilities. Looking at the state of the water market and the lessons that can be learned from the experience in Scotland, what can brokers in the rest of the UK expect?

Severn Trent-United Utilities to merge business retail water service

Severn Trent and United Utilities (UU) have joined forces to combine their non-household water and wastewater retail businesses. The joint venture (JV) will serve non-household customers when they are able to choose their retail water supplier from April 2017. The two companies will combine their customer-facing activities including sales, customer service, business strategy and credit […]

£54m to upgrade Oswestry water networks

A total of £54 million is being spent to upgrade a water treatment plant in Oswestry, Shropshire. United Utilities’ engineers will use innovative technologies which will result in 210 million litres of water being treated per day for customers. They will also install two hydro turbines which will produce enough energy to power the plant, with the […]

Manchester to be home to “Europe’s largest” floating solar farm

A floating solar farm with a capacity of 3MW will be installed in Greater Manchester. UK water company United Utilities claims it will be the largest of its kind in Europe. The project costs £3.5 million and will consist of 12,000 solar panels floating in the firm’s Godley reservoir which will generate 2.7GWh of electricity […]