Leaking pipes lose billions of litres of water each day

August 17, 2009 at 2:47 am

Huge amounts of water are being lost from the country’s ancient system of pipes on a daily basis. Figures from Ofwat, the water industry regulator, that were obtained by the Liberal Democrats, show that 3.3 billion litres are being lost every day, an astonishing amount. Now there are calls to do more to fix the problem.

The Ofwat figures relate to 2007 and 2008, and will come as a surprise to many. Although the amount of water leaking from pipes across the country has long been an issue, the huge figure will still come as a shock.

The Liberal Democrats have used the figures to release details of a new proposal, which would have the express purpose of reducing the amount of water currently being wasted. Tim Farron, the environment spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said that the amount of water being wasted daily was equal in volume to “1,300 Olympic-sized swimming pools”, and that this resulted in water bills going up enormously.

The Liberal Democrats have now proposed that strict fines be imposed on those water companies that don’t do enough to combat the high levels of water leakage being experienced across the country. This would mean giving a greater amount of power to Ofwat to set very strict leakage targets.

Other proposals that the party is suggesting include establishing a fixed high-end profit level that water companies can make from each home, as well as grants to help people install systems for collecting rain water and installing dual-flush toilets.

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