I agree with this piece in the New Civil Engineer, following the inclusion of the Water Bill in the Queen’s Speech.
The strategy needs a coherent approach and must include many facets of the water cycle, if it is to be successful and fully address the water shortages that will undoubtedly face the country in the future.
The government and the water companies need to address water losses, which must be rectified before any one individual can be expected to adopt other water saving initiatives, either in the home and industry, of which there are many. It is the daily actions of individuals and companies that need attention and support as well as the more global measures.
Investment at a national level is important, but large unsustainable projects such as bigger reservoirs and water transfer schemes is only one aspect.
SuDs, water recycling, including wastewater re-use and the creation of additional water storage particularly in agriculture to name just a few, need to be included as part of any strategy going forward, and their significance cannot be overlooked. To do so, would be like repairing the lock gate, but leaving the sluices wide open.