Yesterday Ofwat published leakage data covering the year 2005/06. They state that leakage in England and Wales fell by 20 million litres per day during that period. “Most of the 22 companies met or performed better than the target set for 2005-06 by the water industry regulator.” they said.
However, four companies failed miserably to meet their targets, with (surprise surprise) Thames Water and Severn Trent Water being singled out as the poorest performers. United Utilites and Southern Water also joined them in the high wasters category.
Environment minister Ian Pearson is expecting Ofwat to come down hard on the under-performing companies. Here’s what he said:
“I expect to see Ofwat take the steps it feels necessary to ensure future targets are met. The drop is small and does little to build consumer confidence that companies are performing as well as they can, particularly in the south east where the current drought is testing consumers’ goodwill. I hope the next set of leakage figures, which will cover the period of the current drought, demonstrates a much better performance all round.”
We’ll see Mr Pearson, we’ll see. And let’s see what Ofwat actually do about these four companies.