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Preparing for a drier future

Improving the drought resilience of England's water supply.

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A reliable water supply is usually taken for granted, but England risks water shortages as a result of climate change, an increasing population (especially in the drier south and east) and the need to protect the environment.

The water supply system is already strained and the pressure will only rise over the coming decades. This report explores how best to meet this challenge.

The Commission’s central finding is that government should ensure increased drought resilience in England by enhancing the capacity of the water supply system. This will require a twin-track approach combining demand management (including leakage reduction) with long term investment in supply infrastructure.

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Preparing for a drier future: England’s water infrastructure needs

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National Infrastructure Assessment 1

An assessment of the United Kingdom's infrastructure needs up to 2050.

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Climate resilience focus welcomed in proposed water strategic policy statement
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Climate resilience focus welcomed in proposed water strategic policy statement

The National Infrastructure Commission has welcomed aspects of the draft Strategic Policy Statement for Ofwat, published today (22 July 2021). The statement sets out the government’s strategic priorities and expectations for Ofwat’s regulation of the water sector in England. Giles Stevens, Director of Policy at the National Infrastructure Commission, said: “Strategic policy statements play an...

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Public engagement needed for water usage plans to work, says Commission
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Public engagement needed for water usage plans to work, says Commission

Today (1 July) government has published a Written Ministerial Statement on steps to reduce personal water consumption. It follows a public consultation on the subject held in 2019, and outlines measures government intends to take to encourage water efficient products and introduce a more consistent approach to leakage. In response, a spokesperson for the National...

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