Drought In The UK

There is no single definition of a drought. However, it can be defined as an extensive period when a region has a deficiency in its water supply, whether this is surface or underground water. Generally a drought occurs when a region has not received its average precipitation for the time of year. A drought can last for months or even years but it can be declared after as few as 15 days. A drought of any length can cause significant damage and harm to the environment, agriculture, health, economy and social factors.

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Having A Water Meter In Your Home – What Are The Implications?

Water Meter

Water Meter

At the current time approximately 40% of homes in England and Wales have a water meter fitted. This figure is increasing year on year but what are the implications, advantages and dis-advantages of having your water supply metered and you being charged for the exact amount of water you have used ?

A water meter works very much in the way a gas or electricity meter works, your water supplier fits the meter to your premises, takes a reading on a regular basis and bills you for the amount of water you have used.

Anyone can request to have a water meter fitted simply by contacting your supplier and the meter is usually fitted free of charge except where there are exceptional circumstances.

If you do not have a water meter fitted then you are charged a fixed annual sum for your usage. Paying for only the water you have used is regarded as the fairest way to pay.

In 2011 the then Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman, agreed that future water charges should be metered to help reduce usage and therefore help with conservation levels.Homes fitted with water meters usually reduce their usage. If your water company notifies you that they would like to fit a water meter in your home then this is a decision made at government level and you are required to abide by it.

Water companies estimate that 50% of customers will save money by having a water meter fitted but it is dependent on the size of your home and how many people live there. Single people and couples will use far less water than a family of 4 or 5 people so the savings to be made for low occupancy homes are obvious.

Not in all circumstances can money be saved and it obviously pays to carry out some kind of calculation before going ahead and making a request to your water supplier to have a water meter fitted.

The Consumer Council for Water provide an on line calculator which will provide you with the information to assess if having a water meter fitted is beneficial to you.

To access the calculator please visit: http://www.ccwater.org.uk/server.php?show=nav.388

World Wide Water Crisis

  • Worldwide, 894 Million people do not have access to adequate Water resources.
  • Over 2.5 Billion people do not have access to basic sanitation.
  • Water related illnesses are the cause of 1 in 5 deaths in children under 5 years of age globally.
  • In developing countries over 80% of sewage is released in to the environment untreated.
  • 2000 children per day die from diarrhoea directly linked to poor sanitation and unclean water.
  • Annually, there are 1.5 Billion preventable deaths worldwide due to lack of basic sanitation.
  • 50% of hospital beds worldwide are taken up by people suffering from illness due to poor sanitation or lack of a clean water resource.
  • It is estimated by 2050 the world population will require 50% more water than is consumed currently.
  • In the developing world over 50% of Primary Schools do not have facilities for water and sanitation.
  • The top three countries in the world who are the largest consumers of water are: India, China and the USA.
  • Cholera is still prevalent in over 50 countries worldwide.
  • 8 times more water is consumed in a home in the USA than a home in India.
  • The average amount of water consumed per person in Gambia is 4.5 Litres per day, in the west 8 Litres of clean water is used in a single toilet flush.

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Agricultural Water Tanks – Rainwater Harvesting For Farms

Water for Farming and Agriculture is essential, but in many areas of the UK Water stocks are running low and with future climate change stocks could be potentially be reduced even further.

Rainwater Harvesting is a method of collecting the Rainwater that falls on the roofs of buildings and diverting it into a Water Tank for later use. The Water can then be delivered by pipes or pumps to the areas where you intend to use it.

Harvesting the Rainwater that falls onto farm buildings can reduce the volume of Water you are using from the mains, spring or borehole, thus saving you money and also helping the environment.

Rainwater is far better than mains water for crops and plants because, unlike mains water, it has not been cleaned with Chlorines and other chemicals and is considered by many to be far better for irrigation.

Installing a Rainwater Harvesting System can provide a Farm with up to 40% of your Water Requirement. There are also tax incentives (Enhanced Capital Allowances) for farmers investing in environmentally friendly Initiatives.

Other benefits reported by farms already using a Rainwater Harvesting System are improvements in drainage and also a reduction in the amount of Water going into Slurry Stores. Both Economic and Environmental advantages are gained when a system is utilised, with the added benefit of having a degree of control and self-reliance regarding your Water resources.

Agricultural Water Statistics UK

  • There are 300,000 Farms in the UK with an average size of 57 Hectares
  • Organic Farming accounts for 4% of all farms
  • There are 152,000 farmers
  • Agriculture takes up 70% of  land use
  • 83% of farms specify mains  water as their main water supply
  • In 2010 the volume of water  used in the agricultural sector was 184 Million Cubic Meters with 41% consisting of drinking water for livestock and 38% for irrigation.
  • Rainwater storage accounts for 9% of the water used
  • Over 50% of farmers state that economic drivers are the main reasons for using more efficient methods of managing water resources.


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Water Statistics UK

  • The average consumption of water per person in the UK is 150 Litres per day
  • The average family consumes 500 Litres per day.
  • We use 50% more water today than 25 years ago
  • Water consumption in the UK is growing at 1% per year
  • There are 2500 water treatment works in the UK
  • There are 9000 sewage treatment works in the UK
  • There  are 1000 reservoirs in the UK
  • There are 700,000 Kilometres of main water and sewage pipes in the UK
  • There are 26 companies in the UK providing water and sewerage services
  • Throughout the Summer months water consumption in the UK can increase by up to 50% due to gardening
  • OFWAT (The Water Services Regulation Authority) is the regulator of the water and sewage sectors in England and Wales
  • In the drought of 1976 parts of the South West of England went without rain for 45 days without rain during July and August causing crops to fail and increasing food prices by 12%
  • The river Severn is the longest river in the UK stretching for 220 miles followed in second by the river Thames which flows for 215 miles