MQT on 2004-03-31
Session date: 
March 31, 2004
Question By: 
Noel Lynch
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is it envisaged that London's growth to 2016 will require the construction of major new reservoirs in the countryside outside London? What can you do to minimise the need for new reservoirs, taking account of the finding of the recent Assembly Scrutiny on London's Water Supply that "the way to limit the need for new water resources is to tackle leakage levels and so reduce overall consumption, in conjunction with consumer efficiency drives"?



Answer for Reservoirs

Answer for Reservoirs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is currently no clear agreement within the water industry and its regulators about this, due to the uncertainty over how effective leakage reduction and reducing consumer demand is likely to be. To help with this, I am setting up a Working Group with the Environment Agency, Thames Water, Three Valleys Water, OFWAT, LDA and London First, together with officers from the GLA Environment and London Plan Teams. The Group will not only assess current problems and suggest action, but will also look to future developments, particularly in the Thames Gateway, such as the effects of a successful Olympic bid.The London Plan promotes water efficiency measures as an aspect of sustainable design. (Policy 4A.11). Further guidance will be forthcoming in the Sustainable Construction and Design SPG. The London Plan also recognises the issue of leakage and asserts that current leakage levels should be reduced. At a time of increasing concern for wasted water resources as acknowledged in the London Plan, it is appropriate to work with key stakeholders in addressing these issues, and to establish what the GLA, with its key contacts, can do to help update and develop the infrastructure for the 21st century. This is a matter that I wish to keep under review and this is clearly stated in the London Plan. .