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Rewards for Water Workers Reporting Leaks

May 30, 2006 at 4:22 am

The Sping a Leak campaign has been launched by utility price comparison company energyhelpline.com. In the same spirit that water companies can fine customers £1000 for not adhering to the hosepipe bans, energyhelpline are offering water company workers a reward of the same amount if they uncover bad practice and inefficiency by the water company they work for.

This campaign was spurred on after a case hit the news where a Severn Trent employee provided information which prompted a fraud investigation into the reliability of leakage data. Energyhelpine.com believed that there must be similar cases out there waiting to be uncovered.

Leaks are a big issue at the moment, the Daily Mail recently offered customers rewards for reporting a local leak and Thames Water and Severn Trent Water companies being in the news for the huge amount of water lost through their pipelines – 915 million litres a day and 100 million gallons a day consecutively.

Water companies should be concentrating on repairing these leaks before restricting water use and holding the public responsible for the problem. Jonathan Elliott, head of business services at energyhelpline commented that “It is the nature of our business to get to the root of the problems which people suffer as a direct result of action taken by utility companies” and if conditions improve by industry insiders spilling the beans on their companies malpractice then energyhelpline say they have succeeded in their job.

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One response to “Rewards for Water Workers Reporting Leaks”

  1. Brody Reeves says:

    Commercial companies although not affected by the water bans should restrict their use of water to essential only. 19 sprinklers were seen wasting a massive amount of water outside an unoccupied building next to Esporta in Maylands Avenue in Hemel Hempstead during the evening of 3 July. There appears to be no signs outside the building. Also car workshops leave water hoses pouring with water after washing cars. This is an abuse even when there is not a water shortage and a great contributor to it. Monitoring of companies’ use of water should be carried out as they use and waste far more than the general public
    who are constantly made to feel guilty about the little, in comparison, they use.
    If householders can’t water their gardens, why should companies who value them less. Household gardens add to the value of a house and are enjoyed by the family; companies to do not enjoy theirs and employees take no notice of them and would not add or detract from the value of the company. Seeing such extreme wastage does not motivate the public to restrict their use at home.

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