Water & Wastewater Treatment

WWT May 2018

Water & Wastewater Treatment Magazine

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www.wwtonline.co.uk | WWT | XXXX 20XX | 15 The Works E ven the victims gave it little thought until recent times, but the industry now appears to be waking up to water the. Whether it is developers making an illegal connection to a main for a block of flats or street-sweepers hooking up to an unauthorised standpipe, water companies must contend with the consequences. In January, Thames Water made in identifying them. So how much of a problem is unauthorised water extraction? The short answer is that nobody really knows. Thames estimates that it may lose between 2 and 3 million litres of water to such crime every year, and there is no reason to think that it is out of step with the rest of the UK. But the key issue is that there is no way of separating water that is lost in this fashion from water that www.wwtonline.co.uk | WWT | MAY 2018 | 15 headlines with its decision to hire a team of investigators to track down perpetrators of water the, with the water company having described the rise in unauthorised connections, from 33 in 2011 to 734 in 2017, as "dramatic". However, while there has been a substantial number of recorded incidents, the increase is in large part down to the utility taking the initiative Whether it is unauthorised connections or the illegal use of standpipes, water companies are increasingly clamping down on non-revenue water lost to water the By Robin Hackett Laying down the Law

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