Water Supply: Leaks

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach Shadow Minister, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why the targets for reducing water leakage in Future Water: The Government's Water Strategy for England are -0.17 per cent in 2007—08, -1.96 per cent in 2008—09, and -2.87 per cent in 2009—10 compared with the figure for 2006—07.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare)

Ofwat is the economic regulator of the water and sewerage sectors in England and Wales.

Ofwat sets annual leakage control targets to balance the needs of customers and the environment and publishes leakage performance and leakage targets for coming years annually in its security of supply report.

The leakage control target aims to ensure that all companies are operating at an economic level of leakage, where the costs of reducing leakage are balanced against the value of the water saved. The majority of water companies are currently operating at their economic level of leakage, with only one company failing to meet its target in 2006-07.

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