Although the UK is synonymous with cold and wet winter weather; times are changing. Over the past 2 years, the winter months have seen less rainfall, while summer is getting hotter. It’s no surprise that Britain is expecting heatwaves this summer, however, the impending drought is a big concern.
Reasons for the impending Drought
The South-East parts of England have experienced less rainfall over the past couple of years. This together with higher demand for water due to increased populations is taking its toll on the water systems. Reservoirs across the southern parts of England are currently at lower volumes then they should be - while parts of the Lake District are drying up.
Approximately 3 Billion litres of water is wasted each day due to leaks in poorly maintained water infrastructure in Britain. This amount of water equates to the daily usage of roughly 20 million people. This break in the water system means that water is wasted and often will not re-enter the ground-water table in built-up cities.
This summer is set to be the hottest summer in 12 years with temperatures regularly exceeding 25 degrees Celsius. Experts are even saying that 2018 is going to land itself in the record books with substantially high temperatures throughout the UK. Regular heatwaves are sure to place higher demand and already failing water supply systems.
Although one cannot point out the exact culprits of the water shortage and heatwave, it could be wise to assume that the biggest players are the water supplier companies who have not adequately maintained their piping and infrastructure.
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