Burst pipes

MQT on 2011-10-12
Session date: 
October 12, 2011
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following the appalling damage and disruption caused by the burst water-main under Porchester Gardens recently, what are you doing to compel Thames Water to step up their pipe replacement programme?


Answer for Burst pipes

Answer for Burst pipes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written answer received on 24 October 2011:

It is important for utilities to maintain accurate records of the location of their infrastructure to ensure any necessary excavations can be as limited in scope as possible.

TfL Surface Transport's Managing Director has written to and met with Thames Water's Chief Executive previously, to demand an explanation for repeated disruption along Marylebone Road, and to apply pressure to ensure that Thames Water do everything they can to limit further disruption on London's roads.

TfL will continue to work with Thames Water, as it does with all utilities, to encourage them to undertake their works in the most efficient and least disruptive manner possible.

Tackling leakage is a fundamental part of my six point plan to save water across London. I am encouraging Ofwat to develop an evidence base for leakage targets in London and this is set out in my Water Strategy for London, which will be published this Autumn. Between 2010 and 2015, Thames Water has been funded to replace 1097 kilometres of mains. I would like to see that figure increased. While I recognise that this would result in some additional disruption in the short-term, it would reduce long-term disruption by reducing the number of unplanned emergency roadworks required to respond to burst mains.