Water companies in England ‘will take 2,000 years to replace pipe network’

  • 28.08.2022
  • The Guardian

It would take English water companies 2,000 years to replace their pipes at current rates, leaked data reveals.

Analysis of Water UK data from 2021 by the Angling Trust has found that on average, water companies replace 0.05% of their water and wastewater pipe networks a year.

In relation to wastewater pipes alone, Southern Water and Severn Trent are the slowest performers, with each having an average replacement rate of 0.03% of their pipe network a year. Northumbrian and South West Water top the leaderboard, each replacing about 0.2% of their network each year.