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United Utilities Accepts Ofwat Revised Licence Proposals

Released 07:00 18-Jan-2013

United Utilities Accepts Ofwat Revised Licence Proposals

United Utilities Group PLC

18 January 2013

UNITED UTILITIES ACCEPTS OFWAT'S REVISED LICENCE PROPOSALS

After careful consideration, United Utilities Water PLC (UUW) is pleased to
advise that it has accepted the revised `Section 13' licence modification
proposals from Ofwat, which were published on 21 December 2012.

This follows extensive, constructive discussions between Ofwat, UUW and other
water companies. The Board of UUW considers that the revised licence amendments
have reduced uncertainty for investors and customers, compared with the
previous proposals issued on 26 October 2012.

These revised licence proposals provide for the changes required to facilitate
the forthcoming price review in 2014 (PR14) and set a framework for progressive
evolution of regulation in the sector. In particular, these proposals focus on
the expected introduction of separate price controls at PR14 for the retail and
wholesale segments of the value chain. Any further changes necessary for
regulatory evolution which require licence amendment would be subject to
subsequent `Section 13' notices.

We welcome this progress and will continue to actively engage with Ofwat and
our other stakeholders through the PR14 process. 

United Utilities contacts:

Gaynor Kenyon, Corporate Affairs Director             +44 (0) 7753 622282  
                                                                           
Darren Jameson, Head of Investor Relations            +44 (0) 7733 127707  
                                                                           
Ed Orlebar / Michelle Clarke, Tulchan Communications  +44 (0) 20 7353 4200

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