Local water resources –
availability and pressures
Claire Anderson & Claire Walker
Principal Environment Planning Officers...
Water, water everywhere?
Current pressure on the water
environment
Future pressures on
water resources
1) Population and
  growth

  Another 20 million by
  2050?
  3 million new homes by
 ...
Future pressures on water resources


2) Climate change

   Reduced resources
   Lower river flows
   Shorter season for
 ...
Future pressures on water resources




Climate change
  Add climate change maps
Changing legislation: Trickle Irrigation

 Currently exempt from the need
 for a water abstraction licence
 Likely to beco...
In summary……..
 Water is already scarce
 Pressures will increase from population growth
 Climate change will further incre...
How?

 Efficiency
   Auditing/ benchmarking
   Leak checking
     • no flow/ meter alarms
   Irrigation scheduling
   New ...
How?
 Security of supply
   Reservoirs


 Education/ rights/ communication
   Water Abstractor Groups


 Alternative sourc...
Water Efficiency Awards

 2007
Your challenge

 Understand the VALUE of water to your
 business
 Understand the COST of water wastage to
 your business (...
Our Offer….

 Support, education and advice on water
 efficiency
 Promote use of high flow storage reservoirs
 Encourage w...
Local Water resources: availability and pressures - Claire Anderson and Claire Walker (The Environment Agency)
Local Water resources: availability and pressures - Claire Anderson and Claire Walker (The Environment Agency)
Local Water resources: availability and pressures - Claire Anderson and Claire Walker (The Environment Agency)
Local Water resources: availability and pressures - Claire Anderson and Claire Walker (The Environment Agency)
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Local Water resources: availability and pressures - Claire Anderson and Claire Walker (The Environment Agency)

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This presentation formed part of the Farming Futures workshop 'Irrigation in a changing climate: save water, save money, get fit for the future'.

17th November 2009

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Local Water resources: availability and pressures - Claire Anderson and Claire Walker (The Environment Agency)

  1. 1. Local water resources – availability and pressures Claire Anderson & Claire Walker Principal Environment Planning Officers - Water Resources 17th November
  2. 2. Water, water everywhere?
  3. 3. Current pressure on the water environment
  4. 4. Future pressures on water resources 1) Population and growth Another 20 million by 2050? 3 million new homes by 2020 Worst case scenario – 13 more Kielder Reservoirs or 30 more Rutland Waters
  5. 5. Future pressures on water resources 2) Climate change Reduced resources Lower river flows Shorter season for recharging groundwater More vulnerability to flooding and drought Increased demands Changes to quality A different environment
  6. 6. Future pressures on water resources Climate change Add climate change maps
  7. 7. Changing legislation: Trickle Irrigation Currently exempt from the need for a water abstraction licence Likely to become licensable from October 2010. After this date all current and future TI operations will need to apply for an abstraction licence One year transition period
  8. 8. In summary…….. Water is already scarce Pressures will increase from population growth Climate change will further increase these pressures We need to act on what we know the future will bring, and plan for what the future might bring YOU need to act to ensure water for YOUR business
  9. 9. How? Efficiency Auditing/ benchmarking Leak checking • no flow/ meter alarms Irrigation scheduling New technologies • Irrigation technologies • Reuse/ recycle
  10. 10. How? Security of supply Reservoirs Education/ rights/ communication Water Abstractor Groups Alternative sources Rainwater Directly abstracted Mains
  11. 11. Water Efficiency Awards 2007
  12. 12. Your challenge Understand the VALUE of water to your business Understand the COST of water wastage to your business (including energy costs from pumping etc.) Increase efficiency ONLY THEN consider alternative supplies
  13. 13. Our Offer…. Support, education and advice on water efficiency Promote use of high flow storage reservoirs Encourage water abstractor groups (WAGS)
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