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United Utilities

Parent company: United Utilities Group Plc

Regulated utility: United Utilities Water Plc

Ownership: Public Limited Company

United Utilities had grown dramatically since privatisation - primarily by acquisition - to become a multi utility company listed on the London stock exchange. Now its gone almost full circle and has changed back to its roots, shrinking to being a regulated water asset owner and operator.

Wastewater issues are a major concern for the group. Huge progress has been made in improving wastewater discharges. However the North West is a heavily industrialized area and this will require considerable further work especially on combined sewer overflows. As a consequence it has the second biggest capital programme of any water company at 3.8 billion in AMP6. The majority of this 2.4 bn is on wastewater with a much higher 'Quality' spend than the rest of the sector. That is, expenditure to comply with regulations or environmental standards. The regulated capital value is projected to grow by 12% in real terms giving United Utilities the highest growth rate of the listed water companies.

Jacobs is its engineering services partner for AMP6 along with MMB, C2V, Advance and LiMA as its construction delivery partners. In preparation for business retail competition UU has formed a JV with Severn Trent Water called "Water Plus".

Financial data is for regulated utility United Utilites Water plc

Data for financial year ended March 2016

Turnover 1730 m
Operating Profit 604 m
Capital Investment 799 m

Area served 14 445 km2
 -Waste water

6.8 million
7.1 million
-Water supplied a day
-Length water mains
-Water treatment works

2000 Ml
42 000km
-Length of sewers
-Waste water treatment works
-Sludge produced

43 000 km
230 000 te's dry


United Utilities plc
Haweswater House
Lingley Mere Business Park
Great Sankey

Tel: 01925 234000

Web site:

Non-regulated business

All of United Utilities non-regulated actives have now been sold.


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