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Water: Availability and Consumption

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much water on average was (a) available to and (b) consumed by each person in England in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (i) water company and (ii) region. (137613)

Ofwat is the economic regulator of the water and sewerage industry in England and Wales. It publishes information each year on estimates of average household consumption by company area, but not by region.

Ofwat also collects information on the amount of water available for use by all customers, but not for household customers alone.

The following table shows, by company area, the average consumption in litres for each person each day, and water available for use in megalitres each day.

More information can be found in Ofwat's annual ‘Security of supply, leakage and water efficiency’ report. Copies have been placed in the Library of the House.

Water available for use (Ml/d) 2005-06

Average household per capita consumption (l/h/d) 2005-06

Water and sewerage companies

Anglian

1,394

144

Dwr Cymru

1,359

150

Northumbrian—North East

886

148

Northumbrian—Essex and Suffolk

407

160

Severn Trent

2,052

132

South West

483

154

Southern

754

153

Thames

2,786

164

United Utilities

2,038

142

Wessex

424

151

Yorkshire

1,386

145

Water only companies

Bournemouth and West Hampshire

211

158

Bristol

329

155

Cambridge

95

148

Dee Valley

78

146

Folkestone and Dover

42

153

Mid Kent

179

165

Portsmouth

243

160

South East

357

166

South Staffordshire

377

148

Sutton and East Surrey

195

171

Tendring Hundred

42

124

Three Valleys

965

177

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much water was used by (a) domestic, (b) business and (c) industry sectors in each year since 1992; and what the total water use was in each year. (137614)

Ofwat is the economic regulator of the water and sewerage industry in England and Wales. It collects information each year from companies on the amount of water consumed by household and non-household customers.

The following tables show total water delivered to household and non-household customers for each year since 1992 in megalitres per day.

Water delivered 1992-93 to 2005-06

Megalitres per day

1992-93

1993-94

1994-95

1995-96

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

Households

7,987

8,120

8,313

8,815

8,600

8,464

8,281

Non households

4,508

4,261

4,217

4,317

4,263

4,047

3,926

Total

12,495

12,380

12,531

13,133

12,863

12,511

12,208

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Households

8,431

8,464

8,627

8,643

8,872

8,700

8,726

Non households

3,939

3,871

3,871

3,825

3,831

3,756

3,683

Total

12,370

12,335

12,498

12,468

12,703

12,456

12,409

More information can be found in Ofwat's annual ‘Security of supply, leakage and water efficiency’ report. Copies have been placed in the Library of the House.