Hosepipe ban: United Utilities must do more to fix ‘leaky’ service.

The hosepipe ban kicks in across the on 5th August, affecting 7 million residents. It was a
decision made following the longest heatwave since 1976.

Along with other Greater Manchester MPs Jim McMahon has joined calls for United Utilities to do much more to fix leaks to save water.

The company made £300m profit after tax but still continues to fall short on repairing leaks across its service.

According to the Consumer Council for Water UU consistently loses around 138 litres PER
property PER day on average. Similar to around ten mins of hosepipe use as it happens
(150litres – estimate).

Jim McMahon, MP for Oldham West and Royton, said:

“Most of the time the public won’t notice, but when restrictions are being placed on 7
million water users they will be asking questions.

“United Utilities will say they have reduced leaks since the 90’s and investment has gone in, but it’s
clear more must be done. Let’s hope they do more to prevent leaks and repair them when
they do occur.

“In the meantime get the watering can ready for the garden!”

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