United Utilities

United Utilities is a privatised water company in England, regulated by Ofwat and the Environmental Agency. It’s one of 3 water companies in England that remain on the London Stock Exchange, meaning it has public shares and operates as a Private Limited Company. However, it still shares many of the same big overseas shareholders as the rest of England’s privatised water companies. Shareholders are primarily based in New York, USA.

Last year, United Utilities had the 2nd highest number and duration of sewage discharges. They rewarded themselves for this poor behaviour by paying out the highest dividend and 2nd highest CEO remunerations of all water companies in the sector.

Water Quality Report 2023

Our in-depth digital water quality report provides an accessible deep-dive into the facts, and the human impact, of the UK-wide sewage crisis.

Read the report