EXCLUSIVE: DEFRA suspends demand-reduction policymaking despite stark water shortage warnings

Development of new water-reduction policies relating to leakage, smart metering, product labelling, building regulations and water-efficiency communication has been put on hold despite multiple warnings that parts of England could soon run out of water.

by Rachel Salvidge
The EA and the NAO are among the organisations warning that parts of England could run out of water soon. Photograph: John Doornkamp/Getty Images
The EA and the NAO are among the organisations warning that parts of England could run out of water soon. Photograph: John Doornkamp/Getty Images

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