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Annual review 2022

Safeguarding England’s water future
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Safeguarding England’s water future

Climate change and population growth mean England will need an extra 3.4bn litres of water each day by 2050. Supply must be increased to avoid a situation where water needs simply go unmet. This will require huge investment and cooperation. And that can be a challenge in a privatised system – for instance, no major new reservoirs have been built in the UK since privatisation in 1989. Thankfully, collaboration has been eased by Water UK’s long-term planning framework, which we co-authored a few years ago. Now we are helping multiple operators – both individually and in regional alliances such as the Water Resources Group South East comprising six water providers – to explore solutions that will increase supply. The focus is on new reservoirs and large-scale transfer from more to less plentiful areas, but wastewater reuse, seawater desalination and aquifer storage are options too. The projects of greatest national importance, designated as Strategic Resource Options, are now being planned and developed through their own dedicated funding and regulatory assessment process. Our work is integral to this complex process, with our contribution including engineering, environmental and water quality advisory, catchment management, project and programme management, stakeholder engagement and cost modelling. It’s a contribution that helps put the water sector on the path to water security, long into the future.

Climate change and population growth mean England will need an extra 3.4bn litres of water each day by 2050. Supply must be increased to avoid a situation where water needs simply go unmet. This will require huge investment and cooperation.

And that can be a challenge in a privatised system – for instance, no major new reservoirs have been built in the UK since privatisation in 1989. Thankfully, collaboration has been eased by Water UK’s long-term planning framework, which we co-authored a few years ago. ...

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Project summary

Project

Multiple projects

Client

Water companies, regional water resources groups, regulators

Location

England

Expertise

Carbon management, dam engineering, desalination, environmental assessments, hydraulic engineering, hydrogeology, hydrology, pipeline design, project management, regulatory engagement, social assessments and stakeholder engagement, transport and access, water quality, water treatment

3.4bnl/d

extra water needed in England by 2050

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strategic water supply options

Alice Mortimore

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Annual review 2022

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