Potable Water (Industrial Report) - UK - May 2013
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Reference is made in this report to certain categories of expenditure which are detailed below:
Water resources fall into three main categories:
Resource development, which is the replacement of water resource assets, and the provision of additional capacity to improve current levels of service, and to meet future demand for potable water.
Reservoir safety, which is expenditure required under the Reservoirs Act (1975).
Aqueduct refurbishment, which refers to raw water aqueducts associated with potable water supplies.
Water treatment expenditure covers:
New development, which is the provision of water treatment assets to provide for new customers, and to accommodate increased use of water by existing customers.
Water quality (nitrates), which refers to the provision of water treatment assets or processes to comply with the requirements of the EC Directive on Drinking Water Quality in respect of nitrates.
Water quality (other), which is similar to that above only for parameters other than nitrates.
Works refurbishment, which is the replacement and preservation of water treatment assets.
Water distribution capital expenditure refers to:
New development, which is the provision of assets to enable distribution systems to accommodate increased usage of water by existing customers, and to provide for new customers.
Discolouration, which refers to work on the distribution systems necessary to comply with the Drinking Water Directive with respect to iron and colour, and undertakers' own internal standards for discolouration.
Bacteriological quality, which refers to work on distribution systems necessary to eliminate bacteriological problems, and problems of compliance with hygiene codes.
All communication pipes, which is the replacement of the pipes that connect the water main in the street to the stop tap at the customer's boundary.
Inadequate pressure refers to expenditure on work undertaken to comply with the target level of service relating to adequate pressure.
Supply interruptions, which is work undertaken to comply with the target level of service relating to interruptions to supply.
Other relining and renewal, which is the relining or similar renovation of distribution networks to prolong asset life, and the renewal of water distribution mains where useful life has ended not covered above.
Throughout this report the term capital expenditure refers to gross expenditure rather than investment which is more often quoted by individual companies. The report is based on the acquisition of tangible fixed assets, and for this reason, investment is segmented into the following:
For the Water and sewerage industry, the definitions of each area of expenditure is as follows:
Process plant: plant and machinery
Civil engineering: land and buildings, infra-structure and assets, such as water mains, sewers, impounding and raw water storage, reservoirs, dams and sea outfalls, specialised operational properties and structures including intake works, pumping stations, treatment works and bore holes
Building: assets in the course of consumption
Other: fixtures and equipment, vehicles and mobile plant and other non-operational activities
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