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South Staffordshire Water PLC is a privately-owned water company supplying water to parts of Staffordshire and the West Midlands, England. They are one of only three water companies that are recognised by the industry regulator, OFWAT, as displaying top efficiency (Band A) for both operating costs and capital expenditure.[1]


Supply Area

The area supplied is to the north and west of Birmingham and includes [2]


Other activities

SSW own a tankered water business, Aqua Direct, whose spring water is the principal ingredient of several well-known soft drinks including Purdeys, Aqua Libre and the flavoured water ranges of Asda and Somerfield.[3]


In its accounts for the year ended 31 March 2006, South Staffordshire Water reported turnover of GBP 72.3 million, operating profit of GBP 19.0 million and fixed assets of GBP 156.4 million. The average domestic water bill in the area is GBP 106, the second lowest in England & Wales.[3]



  • 1853 South Staffordshire Waterworks Company is formed
  • 1858 Opening of the works in Walsall. Wednesbury is the first area supplied
  • 1860 Tipton and West Bromwich receive water supplies
  • 1862 SSWC take over Dudley Waterworks. Netherton and Oldbury receive water supplies
  • 1864 SSWC take over Burton Waterworks
  • 1875 Cannock area supplied
  • 1929 SSWC take over Kinver Waterworks.
  • 1953 Blithfield Reservoir, near Rugeley, is opened by Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother
  • 1962 SSWC take over Tamworth Water Works
  • 1996 Blithfield Education Centre is opened by Bill Oddie

External links


  1. ^ South Staffordshire Water PLC. "Local Water Company Praised for Efficiency". Retrieved 2007-02-25.  
  2. ^ South Staffordshire Water PLC. "Area of Supply". Retrieved 2007-02-25.  
  3. ^ a b South Staffordshire Water PLC. "Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2006". Retrieved 2007-02-25.  
  4. ^ South Staffordshire Water PLC. "Timeline". Retrieved 2007-02-25.  


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