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Water sector in the UK - Statistics & Facts

Millions of households and businesses in the United Kingdom are connected to public water and sewage networks that stretch thousands of kilometers across the country. The UK is home to one of the best water supply and sewerage infrastructures worldwide, with a satisfaction rating of 73 percent in Great Britain. This is only behind Germany, which has a rating of 76 percent.

After years of under-funding, water and wastewater services in England and Wales moved from the public sector to the private sector in 1989. In the first years of privatization, some 17 billion British pounds was invested by water companies, and in the years between 2015 and 2020, investment in the water sector amounted to 44 billion British pounds. Some of the leading water and sewer utilities in the UK are Thames Water and United Utilities, which reported sales revenues of 2.68 and 2.31 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, respectively. These two companies serve millions of customers, providing billions of liters of water every day.

Water usage in the United Kingdom

On average, a single person household in the UK uses 149 liters of water per day. This jumps up to approximately 523 liters per day for a household of five. The country with the highest daily water usage per person in the UK is Scotland. On average, Scottish people use 20 liters of water per day more than those in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Water usage of household appliances vary greatly, with baths the most water intensive by far, consuming 80 liters per use. In comparison, a dishwasher uses 25 liters per use.

The cost of water

Whilst water bills depend on water usage, the average household combined water and sewerage bill in the UK is approximately 400 British pounds. This equates to just over one British pound per day. However, bills vary greatly depending on the service provider. In 2020, the average annual combined water bill for customers of Wessex Water was almost 500 British pounds. This was almost 100 British pounds more than the average annual Thames Water bill.

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Water sector in the UK - Statistics & Facts

Millions of households and businesses in the United Kingdom are connected to public water and sewage networks that stretch thousands of kilometers across the country. The UK is home to one of the best water supply and sewerage infrastructures worldwide, with a satisfaction rating of 73 percent in Great Britain. This is only behind Germany, which has a rating of 76 percent.

After years of under-funding, water and wastewater services in England and Wales moved from the public sector to the private sector in 1989. In the first years of privatization, some 17 billion British pounds was invested by water companies, and in the years between 2015 and 2020, investment in the water sector amounted to 44 billion British pounds. Some of the leading water and sewer utilities in the UK are Thames Water and United Utilities, which reported sales revenues of 2.68 and 2.31 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, respectively. These two companies serve millions of customers, providing billions of liters of water every day.

Water usage in the United Kingdom

On average, a single person household in the UK uses 149 liters of water per day. This jumps up to approximately 523 liters per day for a household of five. The country with the highest daily water usage per person in the UK is Scotland. On average, Scottish people use 20 liters of water per day more than those in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Water usage of household appliances vary greatly, with baths the most water intensive by far, consuming 80 liters per use. In comparison, a dishwasher uses 25 liters per use.

The cost of water

Whilst water bills depend on water usage, the average household combined water and sewerage bill in the UK is approximately 400 British pounds. This equates to just over one British pound per day. However, bills vary greatly depending on the service provider. In 2020, the average annual combined water bill for customers of Wessex Water was almost 500 British pounds. This was almost 100 British pounds more than the average annual Thames Water bill.

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