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  Government’s water vision revealed


Thursday 07 February 2008
waterA new strategy designed to limit the environmental impact of water usage has been launched by the Government this week. ‘Future Water’ contains a number of proposals on consumer usage, charges and industry practice, all aimed at boosting sustainability of the resource.

Among the ideas are; reducing water usage from 150 litres to 120 litres per day by 2030, through a combination of new technologies, metering and tariffs; tackling surface water drainage; and tackling water pollution by dealing with contaminants at source.

“Securing and maintaining water supplies is vital to the prosperity of country and to the health of people and the environment. In some areas, current supplies are already unsustainable and this situation was exemplified by the drought in South East England between 2006 and 2006,” said Environment Secretary Hilary Benn. “These pressures are going to get worse as the climate changes, the economy grows, and population increases. Combined with the need to reduce CO2 emissions from the water industry and from our use of hot water in our homes, this means that we must find ways of improving efficiency, and of reducing demand and wastage.”

“No one approach will work for all areas, but we must find ways of improving efficiency, and of reducing demand and wastage. That’s what this strategy will help to deliver," added Benn.


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