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Water Rates

Volume 25: debated on Friday 18 June 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what statutory or other powers govern the ability of the Welsh Water Authority to cut off the water supply to householders who withhold payment of water rates.

The relevant powers are contained in section 38 of the Water Act 1945, as extended by paragraph 53 of schedule 8 of the Water Act 1973. They are exercised by the Welsh Water Authority in accordance with a code of practice issued by the National Water Council, which is designed to prevent the disconnection of water supply in case of real difficulty in paying.