Water shortage could hit England by 2045

Mar 19, 2019, 8:37 AM EDT
(Source: Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916/flickr)
(Source: Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916/flickr)

Here’s a dry fact for England. Sir James Bevan, the chief executive of the Environment Agency, has warned that the country could face water shortages within 25 years, as climate change coupled with population growth upsets the demand-supply balance.

Bevan said that England faces “the jaws of death” – the tipping point when the country’s shrinking water supply would no longer be able to support a rising demand from its growing population, notes The Guardian.

Bevan recommends a bold action plan to avert such a situation, including cutting down people’s use of water by a third, fixing leaking water company pipes to reduce wastage by 50 percent, setting up more desalinization plants, new reservoirs and others.

Bevan cited an economic incentive for tackling the issue now, adding that an investment of nearly £4 per household today can help them save £100 a year by avoiding a severe drought in near future, reports Sky News.