Urgent action is needed to protect the UK's water security according to a report by the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Michael Norton, who chairs the water expert panel at the Institution says they believe water security has reached a "critical state".
The report, he told the Today programme, is part of a general belief that our society should "value water more highly than it does".
"We should be very much more aware of our water use", he said.
Dame Yve Buckland, who chairs the consumer council for water, believes that the public does "have awareness" and that water metering "has a role to play" if introduced sensitively.
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