This week, the National Infrastructure Commission urged the water sector and the government to “keep up the momentum” regarding water resource planning in its Annual Monitoring Report 2021. Ofwat set out the reasons for its decision to modify the licences of five water companies (Anglian Water, United Utilities, Southern Water, Welsh Water and Affinity Water) to give effect to its direct procurement for customers initiative. Ofwat also launched a consultation on its proposed decision to amend the Customer Protection Code of Practice (CPCoP) Change Proposal – CP0008. This sets out the minimum standards that all retailers must comply with in their dealings with non-household customers. A response to a question in the House of Lords revealed that the Environment Agency has been working with abstractors and the National Farmers Union to temporarily abstract flood water to fill large reservoirs. Ofwat and Nesta revealed the judging panel for the inaugural £2mn Innovation in Water Challenge. Anglian Water announced that it is expanding its Shop Window innovation centre in Newmarket to bring the latest innovation to a million customers across its region.