Leaky water firms cracking under pressure
by Martyn Lowder
What's Going On Here?
This week UK water companies have been put under pressure by central government to reduce the amount of water wasted by leaking pipes. It comes just days ahead of the infamous hosepipe ban coming into force.
What Does This Mean?
Michael Gove, the environment secretary has demanded water companies to ‘raise the bar’ in tackling leaks. He calls for ambitious new targets to be met after meeting with 18 water companies this week, of which 8 failed to meet their target on leaks in 2017/18.
The UK’s driest start to the summer since 1961 and a bitterly cold winter has been blamed for causing pipes to crack and the ground to move under extreme conditions.
Why Should We Care?
As pressure builds on the UK’s water supply (whilst the actual water pressure drops), we all need to play our part in conserving water amidst the impending hosepipe bans.
Earlier this year, Cape Town, South Africa saw one of the worst droughts in living memory. The city of over 430,000 people came within weeks of Day Zero(when the taps would be turned off and emergency water rations imposed across the city)!
Saving water may be easier than you might think:
> It takes 2400 litres of water to make a hamburger (growing crops, drinking waters for animals, processing / cooking)> Whilst up to 2700 litres of water to make a cotton t-shirt (enough drinking water to last someone 900 days)
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