No fewer than 555m litres of drinking water a day come from Southern Water’s treatment works, and the company recycles the waste water of nearly 2m households in Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. In October 2007 the business was bought by Greensands Investments, a consortium of American and Australian investors, for a reported £4.2 billion. Southern Water plans to spend £1.7 billion between 2010 and 2015 to improve services for its 4m customers. Interim chief executive Howard Goodbourn leads the Worthing-based firm, whose sales reached £678m in 2009.

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Company details
Year2010
Rank76
CompanySouthern Water
ActivityWater services provider
LocationWest Sussex
Sales £m678
Profit £m483
Year endMar 09
Principal shareholdersFunds advised by JP Morgan Asset Management (28%) and UBS Infrastructure Fund (23%), others (49%)
Staff1,518
Founded1989
Websitewww.southernwater.co.uk

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