THE champion for water consumers in England and Wales will today warn the House of Lords that Government needs better planning to ensure future water supplies in Southern England.
The Consumer Council for Water (CCWater), which is giving evidence to a House of Lords select committee inquiry today, said consumers had sent a clear message that they expected `water on tap, 365 days a year'.
But growing demand for water and the pace of planned developments in Southern and Eastern England could make compulsory metering and further water restrictions necessary in some parts of the country.
Dame Yve Buckland, Chair of CCWater said: "The continual rises in public demand for water, coupled with a planned housing boom and tighter control of water being taken from the environment, are putting water resources under strain.
"In the South East there is a water shortage double whammy: high levels of demand and development coupled with limited supplies.
"Levels of demand must be managed, and the use of water meters expanded, if the water industry is to maintain water on tap in the region."