The amount of water wasted every day by Thames Water is equivalent to running a hosepipe non-stop for 73 years, analysis has found.
Union GMB found Thames Water is leaking around 635 million litres of water every day. The analysis comes as the company enforces a hosepipe ban on 15 million customers due to drought.
In total, analysis by The Times shows that England’s water companies are leaking 2.4 billion litres of water a day, equivalent to a quarter of the total supply.
With a prolonged period of dry weather leading to drought being declared in parts of England, the public have been asked to conserve water along with some hosepipe bans restricting water usage.
Messaging about water conservation has sparked anger among the public, however, due to the large amount of water wasted by water companies themselves.
Water companies have been hammered for failing to update infrastructure to cope with droughts and prevent leakage while paying out large bonuses and dividends to shareholders.