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Dry winter approaching, warns Ofwat

Ofwat has warned water companies to expect another dry winter so they can prepare to meet the demands of summer 2007.
Again, Ofwat praised the efforts that the water companies had made in supplying water this summer - the driest for more than 70 years - and that hosepipe bans had been effective.However, Thames Water, Severn Trent and United Utilities were again blasted for not meeting their targets, and customer dissatisfaction reflected this.Ofwat warned that if companies continue to fail in their leakage targets, it will take enforcement action, as it has already done with Thames Water.Dr Melinda Acutt, Ofwat's director of nNetwork regulation, said: 'Companies must also look beyond the drought to ensure that supplies are safeguarded for the future. Companies will need to continue to encourage efficient use of water, including the use of metering where appropriate, develop new water resources where they are required, and manage leakage efficiently.'

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