Waste of water

Other Names:
Wasted water
Inefficient water use

The Habitat II conference (1996) reported that the level of 'unaccounted for' water in many cities exceeds 50%. Continued inadequate operation, maintenance and management of urban water systems invokes the development of more distant and more expensive additional water sources.

In 1997, it was estimated that 40 per cent of Britain's water supplies were wasted. An independent inquiry into a grossly mismanaged private water company in the UK in 1996 found that it had imposed drought orders that were not justified by lack of rainfall four times between 1985 and 1997. The fastest growing "usage" of water was shown to be leakage from the companies' own pipes. Typically, British water companies were losing more than a quarter of their water (comparable figures from Dutch and German companies were 2-5 per cent) before it ever reaches their customers.

Narrower Problems:
Waste waters
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
17.10.2021 – 10:16 CEST