Anglian Water

Anglian Water

Anglian Water is a privatised water company that operates in the East of England. Named for East Anglia, apart from Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire it also covers Lincolnshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and a small part of Greater London around Upminster. Anglian's catchment areas are essentially between the Humber and the River Thames, including the River Great Ouse.

It is regulated under the Water Industry Act 1991.


The Anglian Water Authority was formed by the Water Act 1973 as one of ten regional water authorities which took over statutory and local authority owned water supply and sewerage undertakings. The Anglian authority combined five river authorities with water utilities in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Humberside, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Suffolk: [The Anglian Water Authority Constitution Order 1973 (1973 No. 1359)]
*East Suffolk and Norfolk River Authority
*Essex River Authority
*Great Ouse River Authority
*Lincolnshire River Authority
*Welland and Nene River Authority
*Ipswich Corporation
*Buckingham Corporation
*Norwich Corporation
*Bedfordshire Water Board
*Bucks Water Board
*Colchester and District Water Board
*East Lincolnshire Water Board
*Ely, Mildenhall and Newmarket Water Board
*Higham Ferrers and Rushden Water Board
*Kesteven Water Board
*Lincoln and District Water Board
*Mid-Northamptonshire Water Board
*Nene and Ouse Water Board
*North East Lincolnshire Water Board
*North Lindsey Water Board
*North West Norfolk Water Board
*Peterborough Corporation Water Works
*South Lincolnshire Water Board
*South Norfolk Water Board
*West Suffolk Water Board
*Wisbech and District Water Board
*Cambridge Water Company
*East Anglian Water Company
*Essex Water Company
*Tendring Hundred Waterworks Company


Anglian Water was privatised as Anglian Water Services Limited in 1989. It is now a subsidiary of AWG plc. It currently provides water for 2.6 million properties, and covers an area of 27,500 square kilometres. [ [ Anglian Water Services website] ] In 1997 Anglian took over Hartlepool Water.

Anglian Water Leisure

Anglian operate the reservoirs Rutland Water, Grafham Water, Alton Water, Pitsford Water, Ravensthorpe and Taversham Mills. Apart from providing water supplies, a separate leisure division has been formed to promote the use of these facilities for recreational use. Activities provided for include water sports, fishing, bird watching, cycling and walking.

Cryptosporidium outbreak

On 25 June 2008, Anglian Water found traces of Cryptosporidium in water supplies of Northamptonshire. The local reservoir, Pitsford, was investigated to find a rabbit which had strayed into it,cite web|url=|title=Rabbit caused water contamination at Pitsford - Northants ET|last=Tite|first=Nick|date=2008-07-14|publisher=Northants Evening Telegraph|accessdate=2008-08-22] causing the problem. About 250,000 residentscite web|url=|title=Sickness bug found in tap water|date=2008-06-25|publisher=BBC|accessdate=2008-07-15] had to boil their tap water for 10 days, until the source was found and removed, and more than a thousand miles of pipes were cleaned and flushed. By 14 July 2008, 13 cases of cryptosporidiosis attributed to water in Northampton had been reported.cite news|title=BBC News|date=2008-07-14|work=News at Ten, BBC One|publisher=BBC|accessdate=2008-07-15] Following the end of the investigation, Anglian Water lifted its boil notice for all affected areas on 4 July 2008. [ "Anglian Water"] , Press Release] Anglian Water revealed that it will pay up to £30 per household as compensation for customers hit by the water crisis.cite news|url=|title=Water crisis: All clear for tap water - and up to £30 compensation! - Northampton Chronicle and Echo|date=2008-07-05|publisher=Chronicle & Echo|accessdate=2008-08-22]


External links

* [ Anglian Water]
* [ Boil Check: Postcode checker for contaminated areas]

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