Down the Drain: London's water supply and usage

Date published: 
01 March 2005

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Londoners could face water shortages within the next 10 years unless water companies address problems with the demand-supply balance. This is poor partly because capital’s water loss through leakage is the highest in the country and will worsen as London's demand rises due to population growth and changes. The report considers the environmental impact and how to minimise it by reducing water loss before it reaches the customer, and by encouraging customers to use less water and make water efficient choices. On the other side of the supply-demand equation it addresses how to increase supply without merely creating a short-term fix to the problem of ever increasing demand. Finally it looks at the current regulation system and whether this is doing enough to encourage good water resource management.

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