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England’s water taps may run dry as drought looms

England faces a one in four chance that the taps will run dry within the next 30 years unless the water industry undertakes a major drive to create a new national water system.
The Government’s infrastructure authority warned that England’s water network is already under strain, and could leave large numbers of homes and businesses without water for extended periods unless ministers adopt their recommendations “without delay”.
The National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) latest report called on the Government to set up a new national water system which can transfer water supply from the abundant reservoirs in the north of the country to the drier, more densely populated areas in the south which are at risk of severe drought.
England’s low rainfall pushed Southern Water, which supplies 532m litres of water every day, to apply to the Environment Agency earlier this year for a drought permit so it could take extra water from the Medway River to refill its Bewl Water Reservoir.
NIC boss Sir John Armitt also warned water companies that they will need to stem the network’s leaks which cost the system a fifth of its water supply each day.
England’s water taps may run dry as drought looms

Water companies have admitted to using water divining to find leaks, which cost England a fifth of its supply every day

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His “twin-track” approach also calls on customers to reduce their water demand to help ensure that the water network is fit “to meet future pressures”.
“We take for granted that we will always have a reliable water supply, but despite our reputation for rain, the country risks water shortages,” he said,
“Climate change, an increasing population – particularly in the drier south and east of England  and the need to protect the environment bring further challenges,” he added.
The NIC said the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs should set a target to reduce water leakage by half by 2050.
Water companies should also have the option to put in place compulsory water meters, so homes and businesses in their area can carefully monitor how much they consume.
“If we are to avoid our taps running dry, in times of extreme drought, we need the Government to act on our recommendations without delay,” Sir John said.
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