England risks running out of water by 2040: There is a serious risk that England could of run out of water by 2040 due to climate change.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has issued a warning, which accuses Defra, Ofwat and the Environment Agency of having “taken their eye off the ball” and stresses these organisations must ensure a reliable water supply for the country in the years ahead and make sure they take urgent action now.
Currently three billion litres is lost to leakage every day, it notes – this is roughly equivalent to 20% of the total volume used, and according to the PAC is “wholly unacceptable”.
‘Industry action has failed’ , the Committee says and states “no progress” over the last 20 years has been made in reducing leakage as a result of “ponderous” action from water companies – it urges the government to get involved and make sure water companies better balance investment in infrastructure with reducing customer bills.
Chair of the Committee, Meg Hillier MP said: “It is very hard to imagine, in this country, turning the tap and not having enough clean, drinkable water come out – but that is exactly what we now face. Continued inaction by the water industry means we continue to lose one-fifth of our daily supply to leaks.
“Empty words on climate commitments and unfunded public information campaigns will get us where we’ve got the last 20 years: nowhere. Defra has failed to lead and water companies have failed to act: we look now to the Department to step up, make up for lost time and see we get action before it’s too late.”
England risks running out of water by 2040