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Dear United Utilities Water PLC,
Please could you provide a list of sites, both waste and fresh water which have been decommissioned, abandoned or simply closed in the North West region.

Yours faithfully,


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Jain, Rajat, United Utilities Water PLC

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Dear Graham


Re: Your request for information


I am writing by way of update on your request for information submitted
via the Whatdotheyknow website, which I have included below for reference.


Under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) Regulation
12(4)(a), please note that we do not hold a specific list of
decommissioned or abandoned sites. In order to determine this information
we would need to approach each of our wastewater and clear water
operational teams to determine if they have knowledge of any specific
sites, but no specific list exists. However even if a list was capable of
being compiled from local knowledge, which we doubt, there is a strong
possibility that in any event we would not release this information.


United Utilities has been the victim of a number of urban explorers
trespassing on our property, and even damaging the same. As a result, to
the extent that we even hold this, which we suggest is not the case, we
would in any event withold this information pursuant EIR Regulation
12(5)(g) in order to protect the environment to which the information


Given the sites are abandoned, we consider there is a lesser public
interest in non-operational assets when weighed against the greater public
interest of needing to ensure both the prevention of damage, reduction of
criminal activity, and indeed in ensuring the safety of trespassers by not
revealing the whereabouts of such assets.


I am sorry that our response will therefore be a source of disappointment
to you.  I am obliged to advise that should you consider that we have not
adequately complied with our obligations under EIR, you have the right to
ask us to carry out an internal review, by writing to David Hannon Head of
Legal, United Utilities, Legal Department, Grasmere House First Floor,
Lingley Mere Business Park, Lingley Green Avenue, Great Sankey,
Warrington, WA5 3LP. Alternatively, you may find it easier to e-mail us
directly on [1][United Utilities request email] and your review request will be
forwarded on to Mr Hannon.


Your request for review should explain why you wish a review to be carried
out, and should be made within 40 working days of receipt of this letter,
and we will reply within 40 working days of receipt. If you are not
satisfied with the result of the review, you then have the right to make a
formal complaint to the Information Commissioner.


Finally, kindly acknowledge receipt by return of e-mail.


Yours sincerely




Rajat Jain

Data Protection & Fraud

Legal Department

United Utilities


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