Leakage rise at water firm

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THE water company serving south Sheffield, north Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire reported an increase in leakages above normal levels for the winter due to the recent snow and ice.

Severn Trent said the extreme weather had hit operations, with the prolonged period of freezing temperatures hindering its capital programme. The firm now expects spending infrastructure and repairs to reach £400 million to £410m during 2010/11, assuming temperatures remain closer to average levels for the remainder of the winter.

Severn Trent Water said leakages were above normal due to long periods of freezing temperatures followed by a thaw.

The group is working to bring leakage rates down as rapidly as possible and treated water storage levels are now back to normal.

Severn Trent added it is too early to evaluate the impact of the freezing weather on annual leakage performance, which will be assessed after the end of the financial year in March.