A successful and robust water industry meeting the many challenges it faces in the 21st century - climate change, infrastructure improvements and population growth among them: thatís the message from the Water UK Sustainability Indicators report, published today.
The report, which provides a snapshot of the industry and its work, brings the industryís achievements - and challenges - up to date and shows how the industry is performing and carrying out its responsibilities to the environment, local communities and society.
The indicators have been used by the industry for 10 years to demonstrate and measure progress towards sustainability.
In 2009-10 there was significant progress. For example:
• the risk of sewer flooding, one of the most unpleasant and distressing service failures, is down
• about a quarter of the materials used in maintenance and construction projects are from recycled sources
• almost all of the Sites of Special Scientific Interest on water company landholdings in England are in target condition
• the industry is using fewer chemicals to treat drinking water while maintaining high standards.
There is more work to do. Energy use is increasing, driven largely by the requirements for higher water and wastewater quality standards. Greenhouse gas emissions appear to be rising, although the 2009-10 reporting methods, based on national guidance, differ significantly from the previous year. A truer picture will emerge when several years of comparable data are available.
1. For each indicator, information is provided on why it is included, what the information tells us (including comparisons with previous years where appropriate) and the main issues related to performance.
2. The information has been provided by all 23 Water UK member companies, which are the statutory water and wastewater service providers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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