Government inaction will deliver a water crisis, warns NAO

DEFRA’s laggardly response to a looming water resources crisis means parts of the south and south-east England could run out of water within the next 20 years, says the National Audit Office.

“Reducing demand is essential to prevent water shortages as water companies are running out of low-cost options for increasing water supply,” the body said in a report published today.

The department has largely left the job of reducing household water consumption – which continues to rise – to the water industry. The report notes that Water UK, the Environment Agency and others launched the ‘Love Water’ campaign to raise awareness of the need to conserve water in July last year, “but, other than a Twitter feed, there has been no further activity since its launch”.

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