Water Efficiency Is Key to Securing Water Supplies in the United Kingdom
Impact of Climate Change
Despite the United Kingdom (UK) being perceived as a very wet country, it actually has less available water per person than most other European countries, including Spain and Greece.
Water management in the UK is set up for long-term 'Great British drizzle'; however, climate change means that rainfall is becoming more intense and more irregular leading to floods and droughts like those the North West part of the country has suffered in the past year.
In 2010, the UK has experienced the driest first six months of the year for 71 years.
According to Waterwise, water efficiency is key in managing floods and droughts.
Managing Floods and Droughts
“During the 2008 summer floods in Gloucester, Waterwise was offering water efficiency advice to people, because they needed help in making their small drinking water supplies go further. Water efficiency really is the key to securing our water supplies and our wildlife,” states Jacob Tompkins, Managing Director of Waterwise.
“Water efficiency is key in managing floods and droughts. By being water efficient we can slow down the amount of water that gets into the sewerage system by using less at home, and through installing water butts in our gardens. And by using less water, we leave more in the supplies in times of drought. “
Waterwise is a non-governmental organization focused on decreasing water consumption in the UK and building the evidence base for large scale water efficiency. It is described as the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK.
To Learn More:
To learn about the aims and objectives of the organization, click on www.waterwise.org.uk
Posted July 2010