- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 14 Oct 2018
The State of the Environment: Water Resources
Described as the first major report on water resources in England, the report points to climate change and demand from a growing population as the biggest pressures on water and suggests that England could see significant supply deficits by 2050, particularly in the south east, unless action is taken to increase supply and to reduce usage and wastage.
It highlights problems with:
- Unsustainable levels of water abstraction in more than a quarter of groundwaters and one fifth of rivers, leading to reduced flows which could damage local ecology and wildlife.
- Leakage from water companies, estimated at 3 billion litres a day (enough water to meet the needs of 20 million people ).
- Demand from industry.
- Public consumption. The government’s 25 year environment plan sets an ambition to reduce individual water use (currently 140 litres per person per day) by working with industry to set a personal consumption target.
Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency said:
“We need to change our attitudes to water use. It is the most fundamental thing needed to ensure a healthy environment but we are taking too much of it and have to work together to manage this precious resource. Industry must innovate and change behaviours in order to reduce demand and cut down on wastage – and we all have a duty to use water more wisely at home. With demand on the rise, water companies must invest more in infrastructure to address leakage instead of relying on abstraction and the natural environment to make up this shortfall.”
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Approved Document G.
- Delivering water efficiency in commercial buildings: A guide for facilities managers.
- ECA Water Scheme.
- Environment Agency.
- Flood and Water Management Act.
- Passive water efficiency measures.
- Rainwater harvesting.
- Sustainable urban drainage systems.
- Sustainable water.
- Trading systems for water resources.
- Types of water.
- Water Act 2014.
- Water consumption.
- Water conservation.
- Water efficiency – The next big sustainability issue?
- Water framework directive.
- Water investment.
- Water table.
Featured articles and news
When is there a right to light, and what happens if it is obstructed?
What would the nationalisation of economic infrastructure mean for GB?
A new guide to improving value by reducing design error.
We've reached 80,000 page views a day and 10,000 registered users. Why not join them?
A masterplan is a framework within which a location is encouraged to develop or change. Read our introductory article.
New consultation announced on a specialist Housing Court to settle landlord-tenant disputes.
ICE responds to a transport consultation advising the government to make decisions enabling more inclusive cities.
BRE and Loughborough University complete first phase refurbishment of demonstration home.
How the risk of collapse of fibrous plaster ceilings is being addressed in theatres.
If you’re a great writer and have practical experience of the construction industry, it could be you.
Frustrated by long documents or technical jargon? Put off by sign-up forms or costs? Take this 5 min survey to help improve construction knowledge.