EA suggests water meters for all

April 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

The EA (Environment Agency) has stated that the UK could face severe water shortages in the future due to the effects of climate change unless tough action is taken now to prevent it.

The news came upon the release of the EA’s Water Sources Strategy document. The main findings of the report were that, if nothing is done to combat water shortages, numerous rivers could dry up by the middle of the century, leading to severe shortages. One of the ways in which this could be combated is to make water meters compulsory in every home within the next 20 years.

Global warming and high water usage could see some rivers in the Thames area experience 50-80% cuts in flows at certain times of year, which would be devastating for the area. As well as compulsory water meters, the EA has also suggested that changes are needed in the industry and that desalination plants should be created along the British coastline.

In findings that may be surprising to many, the report also highlighted that water is responsible for 6% of all CO2 emissions in the UK, which arise from the treatment of sewage and the heating of water in the home. This is a greater contribution than that made by the entire aviation industry.

Each of us currently uses 148 litres of water a day, which is one of highest levels in Europe. The EA states that this needs to be cut to 130 a day or even less. Water meters have been proven to generally cut water usage by 15% in households that use them, and could therefore play a massive role in achieving this target.

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