Ofwat calls for game change in leakage

Posted: Wednesday 25th July 2018

Ofwat wants to see a game change on leakage in the water sector.

Rachel Fletcher Chief Executive for Ofwat said:

"We've thrown down the gauntlet for water companies to cut down on leakage by 170 billion litres a year - enough to meet the yearly needs of everyone in the cities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Cardiff combined - 3.1 million people.

"Our role is to regulate water companies and not customers' water use. That is why we have set a challenging target on companies to reduce leakage and have shown that we will take tough action those that fail to meet their leakage commitments."

Referring to recent reports, Rachel Fletcher continued: "We have not said that water consumption should return to the levels of the 1960s. Water is an essential service and water companies must be prepared for whatever the weather brings. As well as reducing leakage we expect water companies to do much more to provide customers with the tools they need to use water wisely."

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