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CPA: Water companies achieving targets... for now

The nation’s water companies are generally on target to deliver their AMP4 programmes by the end of 2010, according a new report by the Construction Products Association.

The annual Achievable Targets report – which monitors delivery of the Government’s plans for investment in the built environment in six key areas (education, health, social housing, road, rail and water infrastructure) – said more than 16,000 km of mains had been laid, renewed or relined between 2005 and 2008, with a further 10,000 km to be completed by the end of 2010.

But while capital expenditure levels appeared to be on track, the report recommended water companies take measures improve their understanding of the condition and performance of their sewerage networks and increase proactive maintenance to reduce problems in the future.

It also said more robust measures were needed by the Water Service Regulation

Authority to address the peaks and troughs of the periodic review cycle to ensure continuity of workload and encourage long term investment within the supply chain.

The Construction Products Association said: “Overall, the water companies currently appear to be on target to deliver the AMP4 programmes by the end of the five year period in 2010, with targets being met on water mains, water non-infrastructure and sewerage non-infrastructure.

“However, this is based on the assumption that the water companies complete approximately one fifth of the programme per annum over the five-year period. In reality, over previous AMP cycles few projects have occurred at the end of a five-year cycle and the start of the next, mainly because of the time to plan new capital programmes.”

Other AMP4 targets include the construction or refurbishment of some 473 water treatment works.

Almost 280 were completed in the first three years, with another 195 to finish by the end of the cycle.