“The current powers allowing UK Ministers to intervene on water issues will be replaced by a statutory agreement between the UK and Welsh Governments.What exactly apart from preventing another Tyrweryn does this mean
"This recognises the increasingly mature relationship between the Governments of Westminster and Cardiff Bay.
“It is part of a wider package of measures being agreed under the Wales Bill. Water has been a challenging issue as anyone familiar with recent Welsh history knows.
"I’m pleased we are now about to reach a definitive agreement that resolves past differences and provides clarity for the future. This approach lies at the heart of the Wales Bill which is designed to give Welsh people control over the daily decisions affecting their lives.
“It is only natural that a critical issue like water is part of this agreement.”The move comes as the Wales Bill continues its journey through the House of Lords. The legislation will give AMs the power to change the name of the Assembly and also grant them control of elections.
A fair deal of Water in Wales will still be run by Severn Trent so it seems unlikely that we will see Wales charging those over the boarder for our water.
Why has the Tory government done this?
Is the transfer Water powers which looks like the Welsh Secretary surrendering them (and therefore regaining them?) rather than devolving them an attempt to convince Welsh Politicians that the Tory government really have our interests at heart?
All that seems to be offered is the recognition of a great Injustice carried out on Wales by the drowning of Tryweryn.
But much of the real power will lie with Severn Trent and the chance of Wales to dictate what really happens to Welsh water and how England pays for it is limited.