London's Drought

Date published: 
01 July 2006

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London is currently experiencing a drought following many months of below average rainfall. Water shortages caused by the lack of rainfall have been compounded by massive amounts of leakage from the capital’s water pipes, and increasing demand on our limited supplies.

The Health and Public Services Committee therefore decided to investigate what water companies and others are doing to tackle water shortages in the capital, and what impacts these efforts are having. The Committee found that although water companies, Ofwat and other agencies are working to improve the security of London’s water supply, more must be done, particularly to reduce leakage, increase water metering, and improve the information being given to customers.

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