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United Utilities Group Plc history, profile and corporate video

 United Utilities Group Plc owns and manages the regulated water and wastewater network in the North West of England, through its subsidiary United Utilities Water Plc. It provides water and wastewater services to the people and businesses. The company gathers water from a range of different sources, including reservoirs, which are mostly in the Pennines and the Lake District. It also extracts water from Lake Vyrnwy in Wales for customers in Merseyside and Cheshire and also from River Dee, boreholes and streams. The company was founded on April 1, 1989 and is headquartered in Warrington, the United Kingdom.

“United Utilities History

In 1990 North West Water and NORWEB, the companies responsible for the provision of water and electricity to the North West, were privatised. In 1995, they merged forming United Utilities but retained their separate identities.

In 1998, UU listed on the New York Stock Exchange, but delisted its shares in 2007. In 2000, North West Water and NORWEB branding was phased out in favour of one single brand under United Utilities, a rebranding that was completed by the end of 2001.

It sold its telecoms business, Your Communications in 2006, and Vertex in March 2007. In December 2007, United Utilities sold its electricity distribution network assets to North West Electricity Networks (Jersey) Limitied, a joint venture between funds run by Colonial First State (part of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia) and US investment bankJPMorgan Chase. Electricity North West Limited became the licensed Distribution Network Operator for the north west of England as a consequence of the sale. United Utilities continued to operate and maintain the network on behalf of Electricity Northwest until 2010, when Electricity Northwest bought the electricity network operations and maintenance arm of United Utilities to establish one Group which owns, operates, manages and maintains the network.

In 2011, United Utilities was selected as the preferred bidder by Severn Trent Water to purchase the Lake Vyrnwy estate for £11 million. In 2012, United Utilities proposed a national water pipeline from water sources in Manchester to London.”

*Information from Forbes.com and Wikipedia.org

**Video published on YouTube by “unitedutilities