Dame Kate Barker - Commissioner

Commissioner

The importance of a resilient water supply

The importance of a resilient water supply

Homes and businesses across the North West of England recently faced the prospect of a hosepipe ban, imposing similar restrictions to those consumers in Northern Ireland have been living with since the end of June. Fortunately for them, this was called off after summer storms brought some much-needed relief. This year’s exceptionally hot summer –...

Building a resilient future for England’s water supply
Mist hanging over river Nene in Northamptonshire at sunrise

Building a resilient future for England’s water supply

One of the first questions that people ask me when discussing my work is: “what do you mean by drought?” In working on our new water supply report Preparing for a drier future, I have assessed the implications of low rainfall on England’s water supply. What struck me is that water restrictions are an abstract...


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