South Staffordshire Water

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South Staffordshire Water plc
Type Private fund owned public limited company
Industry Utility
Founded 1853
Headquarters Walsall, West Midlands, England
Key people Phil Newland - Managing Director[1]
Parent Alinda Infrastructure Fund
Website Official Website

South Staffordshire Water plc known as South Staffs Water is a UK water supply company owned by a privately owned utilities company serving parts of Staffordshire and the West Midlands, England. South Staffordshire Water Plc is part of South Staffordshire Plc along along with Cambridge Water which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alinda Infrastructure Fund. [2]

Company[edit]

South Staffordshire Water provides drinking water to 1.29 million consumers and supplies 330 million litres of water every day across a network of pipes that total 6,000 kilometres (3,700 mi) in length to approximately 500,000 homes and 36,000 business customers in an area covering 1,500 square kilometres (580 sq mi). Under Ofwat’s measure of overall service to customers, OPA, the company has been positioned in the top 5 of the generally 20–23 water companies in every year since 1999. [3]

As South Staffordshire Water is a water only company Severn Trent Water provides all mains sewerage services to customers in South Staffordshire's designated area.[4]

Supply Area[edit]

The area supplied is to the north and west of Birmingham and includes [5]

Performance[edit]

South Staffordshire Water was joint first with Anglian Water in Ofwat’s Service Incentive Mechanism ‘Satisfaction by Company’ survey 2012/13.[6]

The company were 99.91% compliant with drinking water quality tests carried out in 2012/13.[7]

Leakage performance was at 65.3 megalitres per day in 2012/13, compared to 68.2 Ml/d in 2011/12 and 72.8 Ml/d in 2010/11.[8]

The annual operational greenhouse gas emissions of the regulated business were 55.41 kilotonnes in 2012/13, compared to 61.61 ktC02e in 2011/12.[9]

Water Sources[edit]

Water Treatment works at Blithfield Reservoir

Two of South Staffordshire Water's reservoirs supply 60% of water demand with the remainder provided by 69 boreholes.[10]

Reservoirs[edit]

History[edit]

Cast iron sign at the company's Foley Road West site
  • 1853 South Staffordshire Waterworks Company is formed
  • 1858 Opening of the works in Walsall. Wednesbury is the first area supplied
  • 1860 Tipton and West Bromwich receive water supplies
  • 1862 SSWC take over Dudley Waterworks. Netherton and Oldbury receive water supplies
  • 1864 SSWC take over Burton Waterworks
  • 1875 Cannock area supplied
  • 1929 SSWC take over Kinver Waterworks.
  • 1953 Blithfield Reservoir, near Rugeley, is opened by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
  • 1962 SSWC take over Tamworth Water Works
  • 1991 South Staffordshire Waterworks Company became a public limited company in 1991 and was listed on the London Stock Exchange as South Staffordshire Water.
  • 1992 South Staffordshire Water Holdings (eventually South Staffordshire Group Plc) was created to grow non-regulated businesses.
  • 1996 Blithfield Education Centre is opened by Bill Oddie
  • 2004 South Staffordshire Group Plc (which became Homeserve Plc) de-merged South Staffordshire Plc, which included South Staffordshire Water, Echo, Rapid, Underground Pipeline Services and Aqua Direct, as a separate listed company on the London Stock Exchange.
  • 2004 Acquired by Arcapita Bank, a Bahrain company, at a price of £11.20 per share (£237m including debt) and delisted from the Stock Exchange.
  • 2007 Acquired by Alinda Infrastructure Fund, a European and American investor in infrastructure assets. [11]
  • 2013 Acquired by KKR & Co. L.P. (formerly known as Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.), an American multinational private equity firm, specializing in leveraged buyouts, headquartered in New York.

References[edit]

  1. ^ South Staffordshire Water PLC. "Executive team". Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  2. ^ South Staffordshire Water PLC. "Ownership". Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  3. ^ South Staffordshire Water PLC. "Company Details". Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  4. ^ uSwitch, South Staffordshire Water.
  5. ^ South Staffordshire Water PLC. "Area of Supply". Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  6. ^ "Service Incentive Mechanism report". Ofwat. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Preliminary Results 12/13". South Staffordshire Water. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Key Performance Indicators 12/13". South Staffordshire Water. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Key Performance Indicators 12/13". South Staffordshire Water. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  10. ^ How your water is treated, South Staffordshire Water
  11. ^ South Staffordshire Water PLC. "Alinda". Retrieved 2011-05-30. 

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