The Water Companies' Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes of meetings, 1885-1984; annual reports, 1934-1966; legal judgements and opinions, 1928-1972; rules, 1919

Administrative / Biographical History

The Water Companies' Association was founded on 13 April 1885 as the Provincial Water Companies' Association. The Association changed its title to the Water Companies' Association in 1919. The committee structure of the Association was complex as an Executive Council co-existed with an Executive Committee. The Executive Council comprised representatives of the water companies. The Water Companies' Association amalgamated with the Water Services Association in April 1998 to form Water UK, which became the trade association for the industry.


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited at the Centre by Water UK in 2000.

Other Finding Aids

This deposit has been catalogued. A copy of the catalogue is available in the Centre's searchroom.

An authority record exists for the Water Companies' Association (GB 152 AAR2463).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The National Archives holds copies of the minutes of the National Water Council, 1973 July-1985 December (references BS 19, PRO 57/6628).