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United Utilities Cancel Hose Pipe Ban

Thursday, August 2, 2018

 

GMB RESPONDS TO UNITED UTILITIES CANCELLING HOSE PIPE BAN

Rather than leaving customers praying for rain, United Utilities must now invest and fix their infrastructure which leads to 175 Olympic size swimming pools of treated water being lost each day says GMB Union

GMB, the water union, has responded to United Utilities cancelling their planned hose pipe ban.

The ban had been due to start on the weekend, but was called off thanks to recent rain and a drop-off in temperatures according to the company. [1]

Last month GMB revealed Utilities waste more than 430 million litres every single day.

In total, water companies across England and Wales lost 2.4 billion litres of treated water every single day in 2017. [2]

Stuart Fegan, GMB National Officer, said:

“Today’s news from United Utilities will be a relief for millions of customers in the North West.

“But rather than leaving customers praying for rain, United Utilities must now invest and fix their infrastructure which leads to 175 Olympic size swimming pools of treated water being lost each day.

“Unfortunately, past behaviour over the last 29 years suggests that private water companies are more than happy to accept fines from Ofwat rather than make the necessary investment in our water infrastructure to stop leaks. 

"The bosses of England's privatised water companies must sit up and take note of the public reaction to hose pipe bans while they make huge profits, pay their CEOs a fortune and have failed to sufficiently invest in our water infrastructure as promised. ”

ENDS

Contact: Stuart Fegan on 07912 890434 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

[1] https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/02/hosepipe-ban-due-start-weekend-called-thanks-recent-rainfall/

[2]

Company leakage per day (000,000s)

2016-17

 

 

Water and sewerage companies

 

Anglian

180.0

Northumbrian

133.8

Severn Trent

431.6

South West

84.4

Southern

88.1

Thames

677.2

United Utilities

439.2

Wessex

68.4

Yorkshire

295.2

 

 

Total leakage from big 9 water & sewerage companies

 2397.9

 

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