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Area's water supplier could change

Created on 09/01/2018 @ 18:20
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Water company Dee Valley Water could soon become responsible for supplying water and wastewater services to residents in Newtown and throughout Montgomeryshire.

A consultation on the plans ends on Wednesday in which Severn Trent Water, which owns Dee Valley Water, would take responsibility for Dee Valley's customers in England, mainly in Cheshire, and relinquish responsibility in Montgomeryshire.

The proposal has been consulted on by Ofwat, the water regulator. It proposes to vary the appointment of Severn Trent Water by adding the Chester site currently run by Dee Valley, to its water area, while excluding Dee Valley from it and granting Dee Valley to become waster and wastewater company for Montgomeryshire and parts of Monmouthshire.

The move would effectively mean Dee Valley becoming a water and wastewater based wholly in Wales and Severn Trent becoming the same in England.

However, the customer service centre for Dee Valley would remain in Chester, outside Wales.

Plaid Cymru councillors in Montgomeryshire have called for the customer centre to be relocated to Wales to provide employment and service within the area.

Severn Trent and Dee Valley Water state that they have committed to ensuring that customers will continue to be served by the same customer service teams based in Chester.  

Both Plaid Cymru Cllrs have “asked for the customer centre to be based in Wales and thus provide not only employment opportunities in the area but also a fully bilingual service.”

Plaid Cymru Cllrs Elwyn Vaughan said: “Water is an emotive subject in Wales. And for good reason. The exploitation and development of other natural resources like coal is another part of the same story, with resources extracted with no regard for the workers, communities and indeed the nation.

"When the water industry was privatised, the Government ensured that Severn Trent would have a 99 year lease on water from Wales. The contract dictates that Welsh Water must supply the Severn Trent Water Authority with a quantity approaching 360 million litres of water daily.

"Welsh Water gets a pittance of 3 pence per tonne, 1000 litres, for this water. Just imagine the potential investment in Powys and Wales if we were paid a fair price for this valuable resource."

The consultation by Ofwat ends on Wednesday, 10 January. Details can be found here:

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