Issues and Practice Concerning Supply Pipes
Supply pipes are privately owned and maintained in the UK and yet are the location of a significant proportion of total leakage. This scoping study provides an overview of policies and practice relating to supply pipes. Both water company and customer views have been obtained on issues including common supplies, lead supply pipes and free leak repair schemes. Although the arrangements for supply pipes could be considered essentially fair, there is little understanding of them among the public and there could be significant benefit from providing more information to customers and property professionals. A variety of alternative arrangements for the supply pipe are considered. The costs and benefits of alternatives are difficult to assess as there is insufficient reliable data available relating to the supply pipe asset and its condition. Further data collection by water companies and research on private expenditure is recommended.
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