Friday 13 September 2019 / 12:01 AM Environment / Luke Pollard / Water / Water Industry

Watchdog calls for more urgency in tackling water supply disruption and leakage – Luke Pollard responds

Luke Pollard MP, Labour’s Shadow Water Minister, responding to watchdog’s calls for more urgency in tackling water supply disruption and leakage, said:

“Yet again, the water companies have shown that they’re not up to the job. They cannot be relied upon to protect our rivers from pollution or prevent flooding, and now they can’t be relied upon to get water into people’s homes – their very reason for existing.

“Every drop of water lost in leaks is not only money down the drain it is carbon emissions used to purify, pump and treat water that have been wasted. Water companies have been told to up their game time and time again but they’re still not on top of leakage. That’s because the whole water industry is designed to make profit for shareholders not to focus relentlessly on cutting carbon emissions and saving water.

“Over the last 10 years, water companies have paid out £18 billion in dividends to shareholders. Labour would take water companies back into public ownership so profits can be reinvested in our water infrastructure, stopping more leaks, making water infrastructure more resilient from climate change and making bills cheaper.”

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Notes to Editors:

  • According to the Consumer Council for Water’s annual report published today (Friday 13th September), disruption to domestic water supplies has risen by a fifth in two years
  • Water losses were 21.8 per cent higher than two years ago, with eight companies falling short of their targets