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Water Supply: Consumption

Volume 684: debated on Thursday 20 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the average total consumption of water in cubic metres of the average household in England and Wales in each of the past five years.[HL6921]

Ofwat provides the Government with water consumption figures for England and Wales via the annual Security of supply, leakage and the efficient use of water report. Household water consumption is expressed in litres per head per day.

The table below provides company estimates of average household consumption for the past five years.

Water and sewerage companies (WaSC)

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

Anglian

138

137

143

146

143

Dwr Cymru

146

150

150

149

151

Northumbrian North

147

147

145

150

146

Northumbrian South

157

161

155

164

158

Severn Trent

139

139

130

136

132

South West

150

151

153

160

161

Southern

155

161

159

162

157

Thames

165

159

162

162

159

United Utilities

140

142

146

148

142

Wessex

140

143

142

151

146

Yorkshire

139

147

144

147

145

WaSC Average

147

147

147

150

147

Water only Companies (W0C)

Bournemouth & W Hampshire

161

161

160

169

167

Bristol

147

151

151

158

153

Cambridge

139

141

142

151

148

Dee Valley

143

143

147

151

145

Folkestone & Dover

157

163

158

167

159

Mid Kent

162

160

162

173

167

Portsmouth

157

159

157

162

159

South East

160

163

166

178

173

South Staffordshire

143

145

146

151

146

Sutton & East Surrey

162

172

172

185

173

Tendring Hundred

124

127

128

129

125

Three Valleys

174

178

174

185

178

WoC Average

159

163

162

171

165

Industry Average

149

150

150

154

150

Notes: Averages are weighted by population of unmeasured households. Excludes underground supply pipe leakage

The 2004-05 report can be accessed on the Ofwat website at: www.ofwat.qov.uk/aptrix/ofwat/publish.nsf/AttachmentsByTitle/leakage 04-05.pdf/$FILE/leakage 04-05.pdf