Charges for New Connections and Developer Services 2019-2020

Our New Connections and Developer Services charges scheme relates to the period starting from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020

The New Connections and Developer Services charges scheme (PDF 1,874 KB opens in a new window) is designed for developers and sets out our charges for services relating to new connections to the water and sewerage network or other work required on the water and sewerage network as a result of a development.

Assurance Statement

Our New Connections assurance statement (PDF 2,466 KB opens in a new window). 

Charging rules 

Our New Connections charging rules (PDF 472 KB opens in a new window). 

New connections compliance with competition law and charging rules (PDF 472 KB opens in a new window).

Prior year’s charges for 2018/2019 can be found here. 

Prior year’s charges for 2017/2018 can be found here.

Transition arrangements for charges prior to 01 April 2018

New charging rules came into place with effect from 2018/19, therefore some sites have been quoted prior to this date and sit within a transition period for site specific work and infrastructure charges. These are detailed below.

Site specific work transitional arrangements

In relation to site specific work, the following applies:

  • Quotations for some site specific work provided under the old rules, and accepted before 01 April 2018, are to continue to apply until 01 April 2023 unless the customer and the company agree to vary the quotation.
  • Where the legal agreement is already in place in relation to charges for the site specific work carried out as part of an adoption, then the charges defined within that agreement remain valid for the life of the agreement unless the customer and the company agree to vary those charges.
  • Charges relating to the old charging rules, will be adjusted by inflation if the quotation or legal agreement includes an appropriate provision for adjusting the charge.

Infrastructure charges transitional arrangements

In relation to infrastructure charges the following applies:

  • For connections completed before the 31 March 2018 the infrastructure will be charged at the 2017/18 rates.
  • For connections completed from the 01 April 2018, infrastructure charges will be applied dependent on when the main or sewer was laid as detailed below:
    • Separate charges are payable for water and sewerage connections.
    • After 01 April 2018, connections made to a main or sewer that were provided as a requisition under s98 or s41 of the WIA 1991 between 1991 and April 2018 will be charged under the old infrastructure charge in accordance with licence condition C. The charges recovered in accordance with licence condition C are capped at the method outlined in the condition.
    • After 01 April 2018 connections made to assets, other than those above, will be charged in accordance with the new infrastructure charge as defined in the Charges Scheme Rule.

Self-lay charges and asset payments/income offset calculations

Since the introduction of our new Developer Services charges scheme on 1st April 2018, we have published all charges and the methodology of how we calculate payments to you when a main is self-laid. In order for self-lay providers and developers to calculate the financial breakdown of future schemes, without having to contact us, we have developed a tool which allows you to do this. The self-lay tool can be accessed here.

Building for Sustainable Homes

For 2019/20 a reduced rate will apply to infrastructure charges for developments which meet specified qualifying criteria. This discount only applies to the infrastructure charge in the 2019/20 charges scheme.

Water Infrastructure Discount

Qualifying criteria - Where you can demonstrate, using the Water Calculator, that properties are built with water efficient fittings and fixed appliances that would not exceed the potential consumption of 110 litres (or less) of water per person per day.

How do I apply?

Additional Information

  • The Water Calculator is designed to help compliance with The Code for Sustainable Homes and Building Regulations Approved Document G. It is designed for the ‘whole house’. All parts of the calculator need to be completed to obtain a correct result. Missing information will be highlighted if a whole house is not completed.
  • The Water Calculator uses the methodology and formulae laid down by the UK Government Department for Communities and Local Government.
  • The Water Calculator uses products registered in the WEPLS database (Water Efficient Product Labelling Scheme) It also allows manual additions for products that are not yet listed in WEPLS.
  • Products registered in the WEPLS database fully conform with the requirements of the Water Regulations 1999

Sewerage Infrastructure Discount

Qualifying criteria - Where you can demonstrate that properties are built with no surface water connection to the public sewer.  Surface water will need to drain to either a watercourse or an infiltration system, via a private or adoptable sewer network, and not through an existing public sewer.

How do I apply?

  • To apply for a discount on your sewerage infrastructure you must identify your request on your application for water services.
  • Provide supporting evidence in the form of a drainage layout plan that confirms drainage connectivity of the properties affected by the application
  • Note that you will be audited to verify the application

In the meantime if you have any queries please get in touch.