MPs hear conflicting views on water resources

The House of Commons Environment Committee began its inquiry into water conservation and supply on 5 June as water companies made final preparations for a long dry summer. The early sessions brought out differences of view between the Environment Agency, Ofwat, the water industry and other witnesses on key issues such as the role of demand management, leakage control and metering in reducing pressure on water supplies, the need for new reservoirs, and the adequacy of the regulators' powers.

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