London is facing a water crisis according to a new report published today by Labour’s City Hall Environment Spokesperson, Leonie Cooper.
The report warns that a combination of London’s changing climate, the loss of green space, a growing population and aging water pipes is increasing the risk of flooding and drought.
Revealing that London has experienced more than 26,000 burst pipe incidents over the past 4 years, the report urges Mayor Sadiq Khan to use his platform to pressure Thames Water and Affinity Water – London’s biggest water suppliers – to crack down on leaks.
London Assembly member Ms Cooper is also urging the Mayor to raise awareness amongst Londoners about what they can do to save water, including encouraging the take up of water meters.
The AM said: “Given we sit right on top of the River Thames and that England is known globally for its rain, it’s easy to make the mistake of believing we have an endless water supply – but the opposite is true.
“With London under the looming threat of both flooding and drought, we simply cannot afford to wait before taking action to protect our water supply.
“Whilst the Mayor has no real legal powers in relation to water resources, he can use his influence to ensure water companies protect and invest in vital infrastructure. With the rate at which we’re seeing leaks across London, it’s clear suppliers need to up their game.
“As Londoners, we can also help by paying closer attention to the amount of water we’re using and trying to cut back wherever possible.”