UK Government outlines plans to reduce water consumption
The UK government has laid out plans to continue to work with industry to promote water awareness.
According to the Government's water strategy for England the need to use 'water resources more efficiently, and to encourage industry-led water efficiency initiatives' is a continuing priority. The governments aim is to reduce water usage to 120 litres per person per day by 2030 from the current level of roughly 150 litres per person per day.
Environment Secretary, Hilary Benn, said that 'securing and maintaining water supplies is vital to the prosperity of the country and to the health of people and the environment.
In some areas, current supplies are already unsustainable. The droughts between 2004 and 2006 in South East England demonstrated the scarcity in water.
The UK government has also acknowledged the link between climate change, population changes and the future availability of water.
As Mr Benn commented 'pressures are going to get worse as the climate changes, the economy grows, and population increases.'
The strategy highlighted the role that well-run businesses will have in understanding the water used in their supply chains.
The UK government also outlined its intentions to develop 'product roadmaps' to identify and address the environmental impacts occurring across the life cycles of ten key products. The products under focus include WCs, which account for almost a third of water consumed in the home, and clothing, where hidden water use from irrigation of cotton crops, clothing manufacturing, and laundering is high.
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Article Date: 08 February 2008