Water theft article making headlines AVK UK

Raising the awareness of the water theft.


Water companies are cracking down on water theft with focus on targeting unauthorised and illegal connections to both water mains and underground hydrants.

It is a subject that is gaining momentum and beginning to receive the attention of some of the major media channels.

Radio 4 has already covered water theft on two occasions this year, the on first 10th January’s during the lunch time ‘You and Yours’ programme. The article included an interview with Graham Charnley, General Sales Manager at AVK UK. Graham explained how AVK, working closely with water authorities and emergency services, developed a simple and 100% effective solution - the AVK Hydrant Security Device. The 3-part device fits easily on to the hydrant and in emergencies can be quickly removed using a simple key. Also, critically, the device prevents vandalism and ensures that emergency services have peace of mind that the hydrant access to water they need to save lives and control situations will be there, intact, for them.

The second Radio 4 coverage, early evening on 25th January, interviewed Stuart Orchard who is heading up a Pimlico-based investigation team to look into a significant and alarming increase in illegal water main connections. The team are working on behalf of Thames Water who, as reported in the Financial times on 24th January this year that the "company currently loses 26 per cent of the water it treats before it reaches the end user" and "estimates just 2m – 3m litres of water is stolen every year’.

This story has also been the subject of a WWTonline article click here or on the image below. 

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Click on the image below to read more about the Pimlico Water Theft Investigation Team in WWTonline.

    AVK UK water theft article WWTonline


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Graham Charnley, General Sales Manager - Water,  M: 07778 536288 E: grch@avkuk.co.uk