Thames Water eyes agencies for mains renovation

Thames Water is preparing a charm offensive around the replacement of London’s Victorian water mains.

The capital's principal water provider said it is considering drafting in agency support as the South-East faces a 16-month drought.
Thames Water, which issued a hosepipe ban to some areas earlier this month, has been criticised for the poor state of its pipes – with London's network the worst offender in terms of leakages.

It is working in 13 London boroughs to reduce leakage, and has to date replaced 250 miles of pipe. A further 850 miles are planned to be replaced by 2010.

The PR brief might extend to cover the campaign urging residents to save water. Thames Water is co-ordinating activity with the London Mayor's Office.

 'We are looking at taking an agency on but we do not yet have a brief. Things are at an early stage,' said Thames Water media relations manager Andrew Boyd.

Mayor Ken Livingstone said in a statement: 'Climate change means there will not be enough water to support inefficient use in years to come.'

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