Prepared on behalf of the country's 14 water and sewerage service providers and 14 water suppliers, UK Water's indicator report proposes measures of environmental progress in four categories: water services, environmental management, environmental performance, and energy and materials. The association said it would now seek to make regular further reports on this baseline to enable trends to be identified.
Among the indicators proposed is leakage from the water supply network. The association estimates that nearly one quarter of water put into the system never gets to consumers. Drinking water quality has improved, with 99.63% of samples now passing legal standards set in EU law. Other indicators include numbers of convictions of water businesses for environmental offences, quality of river and bathing waters, energy use and carbon dioxide emissions. Further indicators are still under development.
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