Global warming, a growing population, supply shortages and a seriously overstretched water supply, could see the UK's water resources running dangerously low, Britain's Environment Agency has warned.
"There is strong evidence that action must continue to reduce demand, increase supply and minimise wasting of water to prevent future shortages and limit environmental damage," the government's water agency said.
"We need to change our attitudes to water use.” Our Chair @emmahowardboyd has called for action from water companies, business and the public to prevent water shortages in future. https://t.co/Lr5a1OKrn9 #water #environment pic.twitter.com/YBQeqCUdZe— Environment Agency (@EnvAgency) May 23, 2018
Report, the state of the environment: water resource is published by the Environment Agency reveals over 3,000 million litres of water a day are lost thanks to leaks and households are also to blame, wasting a third of all the water they use — around 140 litres a day.
Groundwater resources, for example lakes and reservoirs are already at unsustainable levels because so much water has been abstracted by people and industry.
— Frank in Huddersfield. (@FrankCarrUK) May 18, 2018
By 2026, Britain's population will have increased to 58.5 million, the majority of people living in areas where according to the Environment Agency, "water supplies are already stressed."
By 2050, supply will not meet demand thanks to greenhouse gas emissions and a growing population, the South East of England being the most affected area.