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21/06/06
Water Leaks Slammed in Government Report
- Thames Water fingered as ‘contributing to shortages’

Water Leaks Slammed in Government ReportTHAMES Water has been slammed by the government for its failure to control leaks from its pipes.

With much of London and the surrounding areas currently under a hosepipe ban or drought order, the government’s OfWat body, which overseas water provision, has pointed the finger at Thames Water.

“The company's poor leakage performance is not only inefficient, it is also contributing to water shortages that have led Thames Water to impose a hosepipe ban and seek a drought order," Ofwat reported.

Ofwat had set a target for Thames Water to reduce water leakage to 860 million litres a day, but the company managed only a figure of 894 million litres a day.

Ofwat also pointed out that Thames Water has been allowed to increase its prices significantly in recent years, partly in order to make the investment necessary to sort out the leaks. While the leaks remain at what Ofwat describes as “unacceptable” levels, Thames Water’s profits have risen by 31 per cent to UKP350 million.



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