Environment Agency chief calls for use to be cut by a third
England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the chief executive of the Environment Agency has warned.
The country is facing the â€˜â€˜jaws of deathâ€, Sir James Bevan said, at the point where water demand from the countryâ€™s rising population surpasses the falling supply resulting from climate change.
However, this could be avoided with ambitious action to cut peopleâ€™s water use by a third and leakage from water company pipes by 50%, he says, along with big new reservoirs, more desalination plants and transfers of water across the country.
â€œAround 25 years from now, where those [demand and supply] lines cross is known by some as the â€˜jaws of deathâ€™ â€“ the point at which we will not have enough water to supply our needs, unless we take action to change things,â€ Bevan told the Guardian, before a speech on Tuesday at theÂ WaterwiseÂ conference in London.
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