Severn Trent boss shrugs off water shortage fears amid barrage of criticism over leaks, hose bans and sewage
Severn Trent has insisted the higher water levels leave it well-placed for a dry summer, as the industry faces a barrage of criticism over leaks, hose bans and waste water.
The Midlands and Wales provider, which has 4.6 million customers and is led by chief executive Liv Garfield, said depots are 77% full, up 10% from the same period in 2022.
Asked if this would mean no hose bans this summer, a spokesperson said: “Severn Trent has not implemented a hose ban in our region since 1995. Reservoir levels are in excellent shape.”
Bookings: Severn Trent, which is led by chief executive Liv Garfield (pictured), said depots are 77% full, up 10% from the same period in 2022
South East Water became the first company to impose a hose ban in Kent and Sussex last month.
The industry, rocked by fears over the future of debt-ridden Thames Water, has faced backlash over leaking pipes and spilled sewage.
But Garfield said yesterday: “The company is well positioned to make the necessary progress with a highly engaged workforce, sustained operational leadership and a strong balance sheet that supports future investments.”
Garfield, who has run the FTSE 100 water provider since 2014, was paid £3.2m last year, taking his profit since taking over to £25m.