Every home in South East England and London will need water meters as a matter of urgency according to the Environment Agency who say that metering needs to be completed within six years to allow water companies to conserve dwindling supplies. The Agency adds that all homes in England and Wales should be metered by 2020 to allow the country to cope with a drop in water levels. Global warming has meant that Britain’s weather has changed and whilst frequent heavy downpours will become normal, the overall amount of water in rivers is expected to drop by 10-15% by 2050 and the water level could decline by 80% in summer. With a growing population and rising consumption the new report calls for a review of the structure of the water industry and actions to reduce water consumption to help lower UK CO2 emissions.
Tap person: WaterAid at Glastonbury 2008