02 Sep 2009 09:09:10
Home water use emissions issues
Boris Johnson, the mayor of London has set out new plans to reduce carbon emissions in houses in the capital.
Fresh strategy on water supplies is the focus of the paper, which has pointed out that the average person in London uses just under 160 litres per day.
Climate change and rising population levels are putting more pressure on people to be more carbon efficient and the mayor has urged people to follow simple steps to cut their water use.
These include encouraging resource efficiency measures such as rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling, as well as easy alterations such as taking shorter showers.
Mr Johnson said: "It is easy to take our water, in the river Thames and in our taps for granted. It is a vital resource, which is under pressure from our expanding population and changing climate.
"Over a quarter of our climate change emissions from home actually come from the water we use and we can all do our bit to become more efficient in the way we use it."
By saving ten per cent of London's water use per day, 48 Olympic-sized swimming pools could be filled.http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/environment/water/