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Permits plan could worsen water leak loss


WATER SUPPLY leakage in England and Wales could get worse under new legislation proposed by the government, water companies warned this week.

The Traffic Management Act aims to cut congestion caused by streetworks by forcing ilities to obtain permits for any work carried out in the road. This includes carrying out reactive leakage repairs.

Permits are expected to take up to 20 working days to process, compared to the three days notice that utilities give at present.

'This is a significant increase in time and we have calculated that this could see leakage rates rise by 225Ml/day, ' said industry representative body Water UK's director of water services Phil Mills.

Long term repair and replacement schemes would not be affected as this extended period could be planned in, but active, non-emergency repairs would.

Water UK has submitted its concerns to the Department for Transport. It is to host a number of working groups over the next few months before finalising the legislation.

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