Water companies will continue to comply with EU rules and standards until the Brexit negotiations are concluded.
Implications of Brexit
Post-referendum, the water sector like all other industries is assessing the potential impacts across a range of areas. These include the strength of the UK's economy and the ability to attract investment, legislation and regulation in the environment and other business issues such as procurement and employment, and tariffs on goods and services to and from abroad.
The water sector is committed to working with Government and others in three priority areas in particular to reduce uncertainty during EU-exit negotiations and to ensure the best outcomes for customers and the environment during and beyond this period.
Water UK's position on Brexit negotiations.
EU water legislation
There are a wide range of EU rules that water companies comply with and it is important to note what has been achieved in the past 25 years.
Our drinking water quality has improved to be world-class, our rivers and beaches are cleaner than ever before, and customer satisfaction with the value for money of water services has risen.
These successes have been delivered through water companies operating within a business environment shaped by both British and European policy decisions.
We are also expecting a review of a major piece of EU legislation - the Water Framework Directive. Water UK has already set out what it hopes to achieve from the review in its Strategic Policy Statement.
Representation in Brussels
In Brussels, Water UK has its own representation and has established relationships with European institutions, the Permanent UK Representation and with industry representatives active in Brussels. We also play an active role in EUREAU.