Water Conservation

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Eddie McGrady Eddie McGrady Social Democratic and Labour Party, South Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what further research has been undertaken following the Northern Ireland Audit Office report into water efficiency in 2001; and if he will make a statement on water efficiency targets in Northern Ireland.

Photo of John Spellar John Spellar The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The Chief Executive of Water Service (Mrs. Katharine Bryan) has written to the hon. Gentleman in response to this question.

Letter from Katharine Bryan to Mr. Eddie McGrady, dated 29 April 2002

You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question (No 168931) about what further research has been undertaken following the Northern Ireland Audit Office report into water efficiency in 2001, and water efficiency targets in Northern Ireland. I have been asked to reply as Chief Executive of the Water Service.

Water Service is committed to addressing the issues raised by the Northern Ireland Audit Office and has carried out a comprehensive review of its Water Efficiency Plan. A revised Water Efficiency Plan was formally launched in January 2004 which aims to reduce the demand for water through effective leakage management and other water conservation measures. The Plan promotes a more proactive approach to leakage reduction, water conservation including raising awareness, and the further promotion of water saving devices such as Hippo Bags. It also includes a new Leakline number for customers to report leakage incidents.

A major element of the Water Efficiency Plan is to reduce leakage from the water distribution system and Water Service has an annual water efficiency target which aims towards achieving a reduction in leakage to an economic level of 172 million litres per day in March 2007. Provisional outturn for 2003/2004 indicates that Water Service has achieved its leakage reduction targets for the past two years, resulting in total leakage being reduced by almost 60 million litres per day. The water efficiency target for 2004/2005 is to reduce leakage from the water distribution system by a further 28 mi8llion litres per day, to a level of 205 million litres per day by 31 March 2005. Water Service is committed to meeting this leakage target through upgrading the water infrastructure and by targeting resources to detect and repair leaks.

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