Severn Trent

    Severn Trent Plc history, profile and history video

     Severn Trent Plc provides waste water treatment services. The company operates in two segments: Severn Trent Water and Severn Trent Services. The Severn Trent Water segment provides water and sewerage services to households and businesses in the Midlands and mid-Wales. The Severn Trent Services segment supplies water and waste water treatment solutions to utilities, municipalities and commercial customers.It has three principal business streams: Water Purification, Operating Services and Analytical Services. The Water Purification stream provides advanced technologies products and integrated solutions for water and waste water disinfection, filtration, adsorption and marine/offshore waste water treatment. The Operating Services stream provides contract operating services to manage and maintain water and waste water plants and networks in selected countries worldwide. The Analytical Services stream operates in the UK environmental water and contaminated land testing services. Severn Trent was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Coventry, the United Kingdom.

    “Severn Trent History history

    Severn Trent was formed in 1974 as a regional, state-owned water authority based in Birmingham and responsible for water management and supply, and waste water treatment and disposal, in the catchment areas of two of Britain’s largest rivers – the Severn and the Trent. It was from these rivers that we took our name.

    How our industry started

    During the 18th century, responsibility for water supply and waste water treatment was shared between local government and private companies. Suppliers of water treatment and waste water disposal each had different powers, charges and resources for investing in pipes.

    In the 19th century many councils acquired powers to purchase their local water company.

    By 1973, 29 river authorities covered England and Wales and a further 160 water supply undertakers and no less than 1,300 sewage treatment authorities existed.

    In 1973 the Water Act brought together the many water and sewerage companies in England and Wales into ten water authorities, each responsible for water supply, sewage treatment and river protection within its area. Each was led by a board with representatives from local authorities and central government.

    Severn Trent Water Authority was one of those ten authorities. By the mid 1980’s, however, the government had decided to privatise the water industry. This enabled the injection of much needed cash into the industry through loans and the issue of private shares. The ten water authorities  passed into private ownership in 1989. 


    1989 saw the formation of Severn Trent Plc, the parent company for Severn Trent Water. As a private company, Severn Trent Water invested heavily in replacing and repairing its assets and infrastructure. As well as complying with government legislation it set its own internal standards on issues such as public health, leakage reduction and the cleanliness of rivers and other water sources in its catchment region.

    The group also began to build a products and services business in the United States beginning with the acquisition of Capital Controls Company in 1990. Since that time, Severn Trent Plc has built a portfolio of companies, known as Severn Trent Services.  Severn Trent Services provides water and waste water treatment and operating services to utilities, municipalities and commercial customers.”

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