Blackpool Borough Council has applied to Ofwat for self-supply water and sewerage retail licenses to enable it to provide retail services to itself and persons associated with it.
The application says the Council is committed to taking the lead for water and sewerage sustainability across the borough through improved water efficiency, reduction of waste and increased utilisation of recycled water systems.
The Council believes that having a self-supply licence will give it the opportunity to take more control over its own water use, building on its current approach to good water stewardship and cost control. It will also ensure that the close working relationship built up with United Utilities can “continue without hindrance” and also enable it to provide a direct customer voice in discussions at the Market Operator
Blackpool Council has entered a partnership agreement with Waterscan to take on the role and responsibility for its retail functions including meter reading, transactions on MOSL’s Central Market Operating System, wholesaler management and finding further water efficiency savings.
The Council says it is at the hub of the sustainability challenge to deliver, demonstrate and encourage sustainable practices not only across the borough, but across the Flyde Coast and Lancashire.
Deadline to make representations or objections about the application to Ofwat is 23 February 2018.