Water is critical to life. It is essential for food production, health, energy supply, infrastructure, culture and economic growth. It is also vital for healthy ecosystems which provide the goods and services that are fundamental for people, wildlife and the quality of our environment.
The majority of human uses require fresh water. Water companies and authorities exist to provide access to water and sanitation and should further the sustainable management of water for people and the environment. Creating new water supplies and encouraging a reduction in demand are key to water resources management to ensure the long term resilience of water services and water and wastewater networks.
Our work in this area includes how water resources can be managed for resilience to drought, minimising the environmental impacts of abstraction and maximising and encouraging water efficiency by all users.
An independent review of shale gas extraction in the UK and the implications for the water environment
A blueprint for carbon emissions reductions in the UK water industry
Despite being regarded as a country of fairly inclement weather, the UK has less water available per person than most European nations.