7th September 2005
LINK Freshwater Task Force response to the consultation by the Water Industry Commissioner on Strategic Review of Water Charges 2006 – 10
- We urge the Water Industry Commission and Scottish Ministers to ensure that Scottish Water is able to meet its legal environmental obligations, as well as obligations towards sustainability.
- All Ministerial objectives, essential and desirable must be met to achieve a degree of compliance with environmental regulation.
- This programme cannot be delivered without adequate funding, and strategic long-term planning.
- Efforts must be made in the forthcoming investment period to deal with the backlog of historic under investment in assets and infrastructure. The impact of not dealing with this backlog will result in great costs in future and a large increase in water charges in the next review period.