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Can water companies delegate any of their statutory powers to enter property, carry out works and compulsorily purchase, to a contractor?

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Produced in partnership with Denis Edwards of Normanton Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 20/06/2019

The following Environment Q&A Produced in partnership with Denis Edwards of Normanton Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Can water companies delegate any of their statutory powers to enter property, carry out works and compulsorily purchase, to a contractor?

Sections 168–173 of the Water Industry Act 1991 (WIA 1991) enable a ‘water undertaker’ (which means one of the approved water companies) to designate in writing any person to enter any premises in order to exercise certain of the water undertaker’s statutory powers and functions.

Among the water undertaker’s functions which may be exercised by a person who has been authorised in writing are:

  1. to carry out works associated with soil testing

  2. to carry out surveys

  3. to monitor the quality of water

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