Fonds EAW - Records of various authorities inherited and deposited by the East Anglian Water Authority

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EAW

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Records of various authorities inherited and deposited by the East Anglian Water Authority

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  • 1616-1952 (Creation)

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6 series

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(1973-1989)

Administrative history

One of the regional water authorities (WRAs) created in 1974 under the Water Act, 1973. It took over statutory and local authority owned water supply and sewerage undertakings, e.g., Norwich Corporation, the East Suffolk and Norfolk River Authority, South Norfolk Water Board and the East Anglian Water Company.\r\nThe Anglian Water Authority was formed by the Water Act 1973 as one of ten regional water authorities which took over statutory and local authority owned water supply and waste water (sewage) undertakings. Anglian Water was privatized as Anglian Water Services Limited in 1989. It is now a subsidiary of AWG plc. The Authority combined the following river authorities and water utilities:\r\nEast Suffolk and Norfolk River Authority \r\nEssex River Authority \r\nGreat Ouse River Authority \r\nLincolnshire River Authority \r\nWelland and Nene River Authority \r\nIpswich Corporation \r\nBuckingham Corporation \r\nNorwich Corporation \r\nBedfordshire Water Board \r\nBucks Water Board \r\nColchester and District Water Board \r\nEast Lincolnshire Water Board \r\nEly, Mildenhall and Newmarket Water Board \r\nHigham Ferrers and Rushden Water Board \r\nKesteven Water Board \r\nLincoln and District Water Board \r\nMid-Northamptonshire Water Board \r\nNene and Ouse Water Board \r\nNorth East Lincolnshire Water Board \r\nNorth Lindsey Water Board \r\nNorth West Norfolk Water Board \r\nPeterborough Corporation Water Works\r\nSouth Lincolnshire Water Board \r\nSouth Norfolk Water Board \r\nWest Suffolk Water Board \r\nWisbech and District Water Board \r\nCambridge Water Company \r\nEast Anglian Water Company \r\nEssex Water Company \r\nTendring Hundred Waterworks Company

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(1962-2002)

Administrative history

The Lowestoft Water and Gas Company and the Great Yarmouth Waterworks Company had difficulty supplying the populations of the Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, particularly as there was a large seasonal tourist trade, and in 1906, they attempted to get authorisation for extracting water from the River Bure. The bill faced a rough passage through Parliament, as there were objections to parts of it from Norfolk County Council, the Great Yarmouth Corporation, the Great Yarmouth Court Commissioners, the London Drainage Commissioners, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England, and some private individuals. The chief concerns were that removing water from the Bure would impede navigation, and that the quality of the water would be poor, and unfit to supply as drinking water. However, the bill eventually became the Great Yarmouth Waterworks and Lowestoft Water and Gas Act 1907.
The two companies amalgamated in 1962 to become the East Anglian Water Company. The merger was sanctioned by the East Anglian Water Order 1962, using the powers of the Water Act 1945. By this time the Lowestoft Water and Gas Company was known as the Lowestoft Water Company, as all gas companies had been nationalised in 1948. A further change of name occurred on 18 January 1991, when it became Suffolk Water plc, and the new company was taken over by Essex Water on 8 April 1994, to become Essex and Suffolk Water plc. Both constituent companies were owned by the French company, Lyonnaise des Eaux-Dumez at that time.

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Deposited on 12 February 1974. Records relating to Suffolk (EAW 7-14) were transferred to the Suffolk Record Office in 1993.

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EAW 1 Sea Breach Commissioners for Norfolk
EAW 2 Commissioners of Sewers for the Eastern Hundreds of Norfolk
EAW 3 Acts of Parliament and various official documents
EAW 4 Fisheries
EAW 5 East Norfolk Rivers Catchment Board
EAW 6 Commissioners under the Waveney Valley Drainage Act, 1866

Records transferred to Suffolk Record Office
EAW 7 Trustees of Stowmarket Navigation. Transferred to
EAW 8 East Suffolk Rivers Catchment Board.
EAW 9 Blyth Navigation.
EAW 10 River Blyth Internal Drainage Board.
EAW 11 Commissioners of Sewers for the Level of Falkenham and Felixstowe.
EAW 12 Minsmere Level.
EAW 13 Sea-Breach Commissioners for Suffolk.
EAW 14 Commissioners of Sewers for the hundreds of Blything, Mutford, Lothingland and Wangford.

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For East Suffolk and Norfolk River Board records, see P/RB.

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31a8bbdd-73ea-4e1d-9228-9de7b981e8cc

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created 31/07/2002 by Droip. Modified 14/02/2019 by Droab.

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