WQ85177 (e) Member declared an interest Tabled on 18/05/2022

What powers does the Welsh Government have to step in and introduce phosphate stripping mechanisms in circumstances where Dŵr Cymru will not do so?

Answered by Minister for Climate Change | Answered on 25/05/2022

Dŵr Cymru are subject to regulatory controls via the statutory price review mechanism undertaken by the independent regulator Ofwat which agrees water company investment plans and the charges levied on water users to fund them. This involves trade-offs between the level of charges paid by households and businesses and priorities for investment by the water companies. As part of this process extensive engagement and research is undertaken with water company customers, regulators and stakeholders.

The causes of excessive Phosphates on our water environment are complex, with multiple sources. No single measure will resolve this, which is why we need to consider a package of sustainable catchment wide solutions to ensure a fair balance of costs across all sectors.

We are driving forward this cross-sectoral and holistic approach, through the work of the SAC Rivers Oversight Group, with representation from all the relevant sectors.