London is on the verge of running out of clean water, according to the singer

London is about to run out of clean water, Undertones singer-turned-pollution campaigner Feargal Sharkey has warned

  • The Undertones singer, 63, has warned that water may stop coming out of taps
  • He says policymakers and environmentalists have failed for three decades
  • A 2017 report by a London think tank warned that drought in London was a real threat

London is about to run out of water, says singer-turned-activist Feargal Sharkey.

Mr Sharkey, 63, of 1970s punk band The Undertones, said water supplies in London and the South East were under pressure from a growing population and over-abstraction from chalky aquifers.

A report by the London Resilience Forum in 2017 said drought is a real and present threat to the capital and Sharkey is sounding the alarm.

Sharkey said: “That’s what will tip the scales. It’s the big one.

Mr Sharkey, 63, of 70s punk band The Undertones, said water supplies in London and the south east were under pressure.

“Because when people start turning on their taps and there’s no water coming out, now you’ve really let the cat out of the bag.

‘There’s no longer a kick in the box on the road. And it has nothing to do with the environment, 25 million people in London and the South East are now on the brink of running out of clean water.

He criticized policymakers and environmentalists for their inaction over the past three decades.

A report by the London Resilience Forum in 2017 said drought is a real and present threat to the capital

A report by the London Resilience Forum in 2017 said drought is a real and present threat to the capital

He told the Daily Telegraph: ‘Everything you’ve done for the last 30 years hasn’t helped. He failed.

“It’s a pretty shameful record for the environmental lobby.”

The public is “f***ing outraged,” he added. “They’re really angry and really frustrated, and in the world of politics, those are two really dangerous things.

“This stuff makes you lose elections.”

Sharkey suggested he would break up regional water monopolies to allow consumers to choose their supplier.

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