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Michelle made this Environmental Information Regulations request to Yorkshire Water Services Limited
You only have a right in law to access information about the environment from this authority
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The request was successful.

Dear Yorkshire Water Services Limited,

Please supply the following information:

1. Under what primary legislation (statute/act) do you operate under, which gives you authority to send bills to domestic households conferred to you after the privatisation of Regional Water Authorities in 1989.?
2. If you do not operate under a primary legislation (statute/act), which secondary legislation do you operate under?

Yours faithfully,


EIR Compliance, Yorkshire Water Services Limited

Reference Number: EIR 666


Dear Michelle,


I refer to your request for environmental information submitted to
Yorkshire Water dated 1 September 2023.   


We have reviewed your request under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004.  Following the definition of environmental information
given within the regulations, your request for information does not fall
within the scope of this legislation.  We will consequently not be
providing you with the information you have requested. 


For your information, the definition of environmental information we have
used, given as Regulation 2(1), is reproduced below:

(a)          The state of the elements of the environment, such as air and
atmosphere, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites including
wetlands, coastal and marine areas, biological diversity and its
components, including genetically modified organisms, and the interaction
among these elements;

(b)          Factors, such as substances, energy, noise, radiation or
waste, including radioactive waste, emissions, discharges and other
releases into the environment, affecting or likely to affect the elements
of the environment referred to in (a);

(c)           Measures (including administrative measures), such as
policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements, and
activities affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors referred
to in (a) and (b) as well as measures or activities designed to protect
those elements;

(d)          Reports on the implementation of environmental legislation;

(e)          Cost-benefit and other economic analyses and assumptions used
within the framework of the measures and activities referred to in (c);

(f)            The state of human health and safety, including the
contamination of the food chain, where relevant, conditions of human life,
cultural sites and built structures inasmuch as they are or may be
affected by the state of the elements of the environment referred to in
(a) or, through those elements, by any of the matters referred to in (b)
and (c).


We have forwarded your request to another area of the business who will be
able to respond to your query.


In accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, if you
are not satisfied with the reply to your request you can ask for an
internal review.  A request for an internal review must be submitted
within 40 working days by contacting the Data Protection Team.


If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review you have
the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner who can be contacted


Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane



Tel: 0303 123 1113



Thank you for contacting Yorkshire Water.



Yours sincerely,

Data Protection Team


Email: [1][email address]





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Yorkshire Water Services Limited


Customer Reference number 37401 8999 98700 0

Good afternoon Michelle,

Thank you for contacting us on 13 September 2023.

Yorkshire Water Services Limited (“Yorkshire Water”) is the statutory water
sewerage undertaker for the Yorkshire region.  The principal legislation
governing Yorkshire Water’s powers and duties is the Water Industry Act
(“the Act”).
Section 142 of the Act titled “Powers of undertakers to charge”, permits
Yorkshire Water to charge for the provision of water and sewerage
Such charges may be contained in a Charges Scheme in accordance with
143 of the Act, and the occupier(s) of the premise to which the service is
provided is liable for charges in accordance with Section 144 of the Act.
Yorkshire Water publishes a Charges Scheme each year detailing its charges
how those charges are calculated, in accordance with section 143 of the

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Aron Hussain
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