Water Supply

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th September 2018.

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Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne Conservative, New Forest West

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures is he taking to reduce the amount of water leakage by water companies; and if he will make a statement.

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

Total leakage has fallen by a third since 1994, following investment by water companies. However, there is still more to do.

The 25 Year Environment Plan sets out the Government’s ambitions for reducing demand on water resources. This includes support for Ofwat’s target for water companies to reduce leakage by 15% by 2025.

The Secretary of State recently called in water company Chief Executives who did not meet their leakage targets this year to explain this failure and what actions they were taking to improve their performance - particularly in light of this summer’s dry weather.

In their draft business plans, water companies have proposed an average reduction of 16% by 2025. It is now for Ofwat to scrutinise these plans.

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