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Water Supply: Consumption

Volume 684: debated on Wednesday 12 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much water in total and per occupant in cubic metres was consumed in the headquarters of the Department for Work and Pensions in each year since its creation.[HL6568]

The overall water consumption figures for the whole of DWP in cubic metres per person per annum, as reported in the Sustainable Development in Government Report, are as follows.

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

8.5

11.2

10.2

Calculations for 2005-06 have not yet been made, but will be published later this year.

The following table provides a breakdown of total water consumption, in cubic metres, for each building that is currently on our headquarters estate. It is not possible to provide data on the consumption rate per occupant as the department does not maintain historical information on the number of staff deployed within individual buildings.

Data are reported from 2002-03 as this was the first full year of DWP operations.

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Grays Inn Rd, London

21,993

27,548

28,785

21,199

Tavis House, London

2,348

3,565

3,620

1,523

Quarry House, Leeds

31,669

32,909

34,314

25,269

Lawnswood, Leeds

5,137

4,726

4,568

4,092

Porterbrook House, Sheffield

3,286

2,738

2,796

3,030

King's Court, Sheffield *

2,878

5,128

5,987

4,544

Rockingham Court, Sheffield *

2,715

2,332

2,324

1,567

Mayfield Court, Sheffield *

2,963

2,465

2,671

2,407

Steel City House, Sheffield *

3,402

2,971

3,196

3,854

Nelson House, Sheffield *

454

335

298

524

Fitzwilliam House, Sheffield *

253

188

254

254

The data given for 2003-04, for all buildings marked with an *, has been estimated. Full-year information was not available, due to failures in the recording system. Part-year data were amended to show an estimated consumption for the whole year.

We are unable to provide any information on water consumption in the following buildings, as the department is either a minor occupier to another government department (which would report consumption figures) or it is a building where the water charges are included as part of the overall rental figure paid to the landlord.

The Adelphi, London

Belgrave Road, London

Caxton House, London

New Court, London

Richmond House, London

Trevelyan House, London

Peel House, Sheffield

Skills House, Sheffield

Victory House, London

Moorfoot, Sheffield

Revised targets for water consumption across the government estate were published on 12 June. These require us, using a baseline of 2004-05 data, to achieve a 25 per cent reduction in water consumption by 2020 and also to reduce water consumption to an average of 3 cubic metres per person/year in all new builds or major office refurbishments.

The department is working with its estates partners, Land Securities Trillium, to develop additional measures to meet current and any future water consumption targets. This includes investment into water saving devices such as waterless urinals, which are anticipated to considerably reduce water consumption figures across the estate.