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Water Supply

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

How much money has been spent since 1972 on water infrastructure and supply in the United Kingdom. [HL6800]

Ofwat is the economic regulator for the water and sewerage industry in England and Wales. It collects information on companies’ financial expenditure and publishes this information annually in its report “Financial performance and expenditure of the water companies in England and Wales”.

The table below shows expenditure on water infrastructure from the earliest year that figures are available (inflated to 2004-05 prices). This expenditure is for the water service only.

Year

Capital expenditure on water infrastructure (millions of pounds)

1974-75

780

1975-76

861

1976-77

858

1977-78

766

1978-79

755

1979-80

678

1980-81

638

1981-82

577

1982-83

576

1983-84

711

1984-85

599

1985-86

632

1986-87

700

1987-88

820

1988-89

645

1989-90

1,046

1990-91

1,701

1991-92

2,176

1992-93

2,185

1993-94

2,086

1994-95

1,667

1995-96

1,609

1996-97

1,986

1997-98

2,046

1998-99

1,824

1999-2000

1,762

2000-01

1,323

2001-02

1,585

2002-03

1,792

2003-04

1,696

2004-05

1,617

Data Source: 1974-75 to 1989-90 Water Authorities Association “Waterfacts”

1989-90 to 2004-05 Ofwat reports