Southern Water says the 500,000 smart meters it has installed in its customers’ homes are saving them an average of 60 litres a day. Under chief executive Matthew Wright, 50, the company has pledged to spend £3bn over the next five years enhancing and maintaining the water and wastewater services it provides to customers across Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. In 2007 the business was bought from the Royal Bank of Scotland by Greensands Investments, a consortium of pension and infrastructure funds led by JP Morgan, for a reported £4.2bn.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank70
CompanySouthern Water
ActivityWater services provider
LocationWest Sussex
Sales £m806
Profit £m563
Year endMar 14
Principal shareholdersUBS Global (39%) and JP Morgan (28%), others (33%)
Staff2,026
Founded1989
Websitewww.southernwater.co.uk

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