London needs to better manage its water supplies and reduce usage, according to a new report published by the London Assembly.
The report by the Assembly’s Health and Environment Committee warns that an increasing population and the effects of climate change are increasing pressure on existing water supplies.
Assembly Members say action is necessary to prevent future shortages, including fitting aerators on taps and speeding up the installation of water meters in domestic properties.
The report also notes that London’s water companies are already exceeding Ofwat’s targets for reducing leaks and that future levels of rainfall may be insufficient to meet demand unless action is taken.
Committee Chair, Murad Qureshi said: “Water is a precious resource that is in limited supply and more must be done to preserve it if we’re to avoid a repeat of drought restrictions in future years.
“Our report sets out practical steps that can be taken in London to ease the pressure on our water supplies by reducing leakage and consumption in the home.”
The report, Water Matters, can be downloaded from london.gov.uk.