Water: South West

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Scott Mann Scott Mann Conservative, North Cornwall

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to decrease water wastage in the South West.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 03 July 2018.

The correct answer should have been:

The 25 Year Environment Plan sets out our ambitions for reducing leakage. This includes supporting Ofwat’s challenge to the industry to reduce leakage by 15% by 2025.

Ofwat monitors progress against leakage targets and will take action if water companies do not meet them. For example, following an Ofwat investigation into Thames Water’s leakage performance, Thames Water agreed to pay £65 million back to customers as part of an overall package of payments and penalties worth £120 million.

We expect water companies to set ambitious leakage reduction targets and make sure they meet these targets. Water companies are currently setting out their targets for leakage reduction in their long term water resources management plans.

The 25 Year Environment Plan sets out our ambitions for reducing leakage. This includes supporting Ofwat’s challenge to the industry to reduce leakage by 15% by 2025.

In 2016/17, South West Water’s leakage rate was 102 litres per property per day, Bristol Water’s rate was 87 litres per property per day and Wessex Water was 112 litres per property per day. This compares with a national figure of 121 litres per property per day.

All water companies are currently setting out their targets for leakage reduction in their long term water resources management plans.

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Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The 25 Year Environment Plan sets out our ambitions for reducing leakage. This includes supporting Ofwat’s challenge to the industry to reduce leakage by 15% by 2025.

Ofwat monitors progress against leakage targets and will take action if water companies do not meet them. For example, following an Ofwat investigation into Thames Water’s leakage performance, Thames Water agreed to pay £65 million back to customers as part of an overall package of payments and penalties worth £120 million.

We expect water companies to set ambitious leakage reduction targets and make sure they meet these targets. Water companies are currently setting out their targets for leakage reduction in their long term water resources management plans.

The 25 Year Environment Plan sets out our ambitions for reducing leakage. This includes supporting Ofwat’s challenge to the industry to reduce leakage by 15% by 2025.

In 2016/17, South West Water’s leakage rate was 102 litres per property per day, Bristol Water’s rate was 87 litres per property per day and Wessex Water was 112 litres per property per day. This compares with a national figure of 121 litres per property per day.

All water companies are currently setting out their targets for leakage reduction in their long term water resources management plans.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

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