South West Water

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South West Water provides drinking water and waste water services throughout Cornwall and Devon and in small areas of Dorset and Somerset.[1] South West Water wad created in 1989 with the privatisation of the water industry.[1] It was originally formed by the Water Act 1973 as one of ten regional water authorities formed by a merger of various statutory and local authority water undertakings. South West Water is part of the Pennon Group.[2]


The following public utilities were taken over by the South West Water Authority in 1973:[3]

  • Cornwall River Authority
  • Devon River Authority
  • Avon and Dorset River Authority†
  • Plymouth County Borough Corporation
  • East Cornwall Water Board
  • East Devon Water Board
  • North and Mid Cornwall Water Board
  • North Devon Water Board
  • South Cornwall Water Board
  • South West Devon Water Board
  • West Cornwall Water Board

† Only the area of the authority which drained into the River Lim.

It was the subject of an episode of the fly-on-the-wall documentary Back to the Floor in 1997.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^
  3. ^ The South West Water Authority Constitution Order 1973 (1973 No. 1307)
  4. ^

External links[edit]

  • South West Water website [1]
  • South West Water on [2]