Securing London’s water future: The Mayor’s Water Strategy

26 October 2011

Securing London’s Water Future: the Mayor’s Water Strategy is the first water strategy for London and provides a complete picture of London's water needs. The strategy calls for organisations involved in the city's water management to:



  • invest in a water management and sewerage infrastructure system that’s fit for a world class city and will create jobs

  • support and encourage Londoners to take practical actions to save water, save energy and save money off their utility bills

  • realise the potential of London’s sewerage as an energy resource to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

  • work in partnership with the Mayor, boroughs and communities to seek and develop opportunities to manage flood risk through enhancing London’s green spaces.

At a time of decreasing supply and increasing demand for water we need to use the water we have more wisely. The strategy promotes increasing water efficiency and reducing water wastage to balance supply and demand for water, safeguard the environment and help tackle water affordability problems. It also sets out how the Mayor will help communities at risk of flooding to increase their resilience to flooding.


The strategy documents are available to download below.


The draft water strategy was assessed for its potential impact on sustainability – wider environmental, economic and social effects – using a process known as sustainability appraisal. You can read the appraisal - either in full or a non-technical summary - by downloading the documents below.