We take water for granted here in the UK – but with rising populations and global warming, we may be in for a nasty shock.
In March 2019, addressing the Waterwise Conference, Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency issued a start warning, saying: “On the present projections, many parts of our country will face significant water deficits by 2050, particularly in the south east where much of the UK population lives.”
Having clean water to use and consume is a human necessity, yet we all know there are children in many parts of the world who are forced to drink dirty water in order to stay alive. Drinking chemically contaminated or untreated water has appalling effects on our health. These are the risks we could be facing if we run out of the clean, plentiful water we are used to.
Water conservation has never been more essential, here and overseas. Fortunately, there are changes we can make in our own homes to limit our water use.
Some examples include:
- Having showers rather than baths
- Having shorter showers
- Not using garden sprinklers
- Not overusing washing machines and dishwashers
- Using water saving / low-flush toilet cisterns
- Installing water butts in gardens to catch rainwater
- Fix a dripping tap!
If you would like to know more about how to you can help raise awareness and promote water conservation, please see our ‘Get Involved’ page.