Council leaders are calling on Thames Water to reduce water leakages in the capital. They are urging water regulator OFWAT to impose stiff fines on the company.
Thames recently said it it spends about £500,000 a day on fixing leaks and replacing water mains.
But the the Association of London Government said that the company's repeated failure to reduce leakage rates has put the health and hygiene of Londonders at risk.
A spokesman said:
"We now have a situation where the company is applying for a drought order and goodness knows what possible cost to local businesses or at what risk to the public health of residents if water rationing is imposed.
Every day millions of litres of water are being wasted because of leaking water pipes and poor infrastructure."
Source Croydon Guardian