09 Jan 19
Report suggests Ofwat's leakage targets could be even more ambitious
Ofwat leakage targets

A recent report by the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has suggested that Ofwat’s target to reduce leakage by 15% by 2025 is “not ambitious enough” and that Ofwat should set a long-term target for leak reduction.

While companies within the industry have independently agreed to aim to cut leakage by 50% by 2050 the Committee suggests that “continuing the trajectory set by the target of 15% by 2025, the water industry should collectively be aiming to reduce leakage by 50% by 2040, rather than 2050.

Responding to the report, the Government explained that it has been pushing water companies to be more ambitious on leakage targets and that “there has been a positive response by water companies to the calls for greater action to reduce leakage”.

In its response, Ofwat suggested that it intends to review the leakage challenge in future price reviews to ensure that targets “stayed in line with advanced in technology and the best available evidence on driving leakage reduction”.  Ofwat also highlighted its belief that a significant increase in industry collaboration and innovation is necessary to achieve continued improvement in leakage performance.

At HWM we work closely in collaboration with major players in the water industry to support their significant leak reduction efforts. 

Organisations including Affinity Water, Thames Water, Severn Trent Water and Yorkshire Water are finding leaks in their network more quickly through substantial investment in our PermaNET+ leak detection systems.

PermaNET+ is the award-winning leak detection system that combines a leak noise sensor with versatile telemetry technology, creating a fixed network to monitor leakage.  Designed with the latest technology to maximise dial-in and minimise cost, PermaNET+ is a cost-effective fixed network monitoring solution.

The advanced technology within PermaNET+, including compatibility with Google Maps, is helping water companies all across the world to save time, money and water.  For more information on PermaNET+ please click here.

You can follow the links below to download a variety of PermaNET+ case studies: -

Affinity Water

Yorkshire Water

Leif Koch


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