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The Water Act 2014 provides for the introduction of the “Open Water Market” which will allow eligible businesses and non-household customers to choose the supplier of their water and waste water services from 1 April 2017.
The water regulator, Ofwat, has issued guidance on what premises will be considered non-household premises, and therefore able to choose their water supplier.
The guidance states that “Holiday Parks which provide temporary accommodation via caravans would not have principal use as a home and so should be included in the non-household market.”
It is clear from the guidance that the owners of holiday parks may be eligible to take advantage of this market and should potentially be able to shop around for a new water supplier, or re-negotiate with their current supplier.
It is not yet clear what the effect, if any, will be on the owners of Parks with homes for residential use. Please keep an eye on our Insights for future updates.
Further guidance can be found here http://www.open-water.org.uk/
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