Despite local opposition, new reservoirs must be penetrated, government said

He added: “A local politician, a local MP, will clearly do what he can, in one way or another, to support his constituents and make the best case for them at the government level, taking into account all various factors.” In a report published four years ago, the National Infrastructure Commission called for more reservoirs, … Read more

London’s desalination plant won’t start even if official drought is declared

In the absence of the Beckton plant, Thames Water will have to rely more heavily on households to reduce their consumption. It has already asked bill payers to brown their lawns and keep their cars dirty pending an expected ban on garden hoses in the capital. “Payers will rightly wonder what value for money they … Read more

Further hose bans will be announced this week

Representatives from the government, the water industry and agricultural groups met on Tuesday for further emergency talks to discuss response to potential droughts across the country. Most of England is now in a prolonged dry state, following the driest July since records began. Southern has asked customers to gently remind their neighbours, family or friends … Read more

Feargal Sharkey warns London will run ‘dangerously close’ without drinking water

“The question becomes, how far are you willing to go to protect it and preserve it, and make sure it’s still there 8,000 years from now,” he says. This question turned a lifelong love of fishing into a fiery campaign that began in the 1990s, when Sharkey and his fellow club members tried to figure … Read more