Are water investors right to be nervous?
"Well, they would say that, wouldn't they?" That might be the natural response to this week's Water UK survey identifying investors' jitters over regulatory risk and the PR14 process. While the findings of the survey, revealed exclusively in Utility Week, contain some salutary warnings for Ofwat and the government, there are few surprises. Investors were put off by the Section 13 debacle, they're worried about the haziness of the PR14 methodology, and they expect lower returns in future. So far, so as you'd expect.