The water industry has been given the all clear for the Year 2000 problem following an extensive study.
According to water industry watchdog, Ofwat, the independent study conducted by consulting civil engineers Halcrow Gilbert, all the water and sewerage companies in England, Wales and Scotland are rated blue under the Action 2000 "traffic lights" scheme.
The blue signal means that "no risk of material disruption has been identified to the distribution of water and the treatment and disposal of sewage," through the cross over into 2000, an Ofwat statement said today.
Ian Byatt, director general of water services commented: "This is good news for customers and the industry should be congratulated for taking the issue of Year 2000 compliance so seriously."
"I hope that this report will put customers' minds at rest that no risk of material disruption has been identified for 1 January 2000 and beyond."
He added: "There has been an extensive programme of checking and rectifying potential millennium bug problems. But we must not be complacent, I will continue to monitor the compliance plans of companies in England and Wales and the results of further test exercises."
Separately, UK banks said their participation in a Y2K test of global clearing systems at the weekend appeared to have been successful. The Association for Payment Clearing Systems (APACS) said it would issue a full statement later today following Y2K.
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