South East England ‘could face water supply crisis without action’

Sussex could face a water crisis without taking action to conserve water resources, Southern Water said.

In unveiling its water management plan, the company warned that its customers could see a supply gap of 300 million liters per day by 2040, rising to 500 million liters by 2075, due to population growth and climate change.

The company plans to cut demand and increase supply, with proposals to reduce spills by at least 50 percent by 2050 by “employing new technology and replacing old water lines,” investing in two new reservoirs, and helping customers improve the average daily consumption reduce 100 liters a day.

Nick Price, Southern Water’s Water Strategy Manager, said: “Water scarcity and scarcity caused by climate change, population growth and increasing industrial demand are challenges we are addressing. This plan sets out the choices we must make to ensure there is enough water for everyone in our region now and in the future, and to protect and enhance our shared environment.

“We want to embrace new technologies and take action to both reduce demand and increase supply. This approach will make our services more resilient, meaning the drought restrictions we experienced over the summer will be less likely, while protecting and improving the environments we rely on.”

Southern Water’s release of the plan comes as Water Resources South East released its own draft regional plan, which projected that without action, the region could face nearly a billion liters per day of water shortages by 2035, which by then has risen to 2.7 billion liters would increase in 2075.

Southern Water’s water resource management plan is open for consultation, with people having until February 20 to comment.

The full plan can be found on Southern Water’s website at South East England ‘could face water supply crisis without action’

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