England is set to run out of water within 25 years, warns the chief executive of the Environment Agency, Sir James Bevan in his speech to the Environment Agency Waterwise Conference. The country is facing the jaws of death, he said, at the point where water demand from rising population surpasses the falling supply resulting from climate change. Government proposals to reform water abstraction and improve water management are necessary if we are to balance the needs of people and the natural environment. This should start with government placing a duty on water companies to restore and enhance nature. Water management includes monitoring networks, listening for leaks, detecting leakage, measuring flow and controlling delivery and distribution.
Read the full transcript of Sir James Bevan’s speech at