England To Run Out Of Water In 25 Years, Says Environment Boss

Here is some cheery news to kick off your Tuesday morning, England is set to run out of water in the next 25 years.

If you thought Brexit was a shit show, just wait until you're exchanging sexual favours for a swig of Evian.

Sure you may laugh, but according to the head of the Environment Agency, the country is at the 'jaws of death' - which sounds pretty serious.

And he puts it down to the sheer number of people living here, causing greater demand for the stuff.

According to the body's chief, England's rising population is on the cusp of surpassing the dwindling water supply.

The Evening Standard reports that he is expected to say: "Around 25 years from now, where those [demand and supply] lines cross is known by some as the 'jaws of death' - the point at which we will not have enough water to supply our needs, unless we take action to change things."

Could these be the scenes in 25 years? Credit: PA
Could these be the scenes in 25 years? Credit: PA

Sir James is due to deliver his speech at the Waterwise conference in London, and says he wants water wastage to be as big an issue as 'blowing smoke into a baby's face" or "throwing plastic bags into the sea'.

He will say: "In the last few decades we've radically changed behaviour on smoking (everybody did it) and seatbelts (nobody wore them).

"In the last two years we've changed behaviour on plastic. We need water wastage to be as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby or throwing your plastic bags into the sea."

However, all is not lost, as he says the shortage could be avoided if household use was slashed by a third and leaks from water company pipes cut in half.

Sir James says building bigger reservoirs could help alleviate the problem. Credit: PA
Sir James says building bigger reservoirs could help alleviate the problem. Credit: PA

He also believes that building larger reservoirs, transferring water across the country, as well as opening more desalination plants could go some way to helping protect the country's water supply.

But it's not just about the number of people, Sir James has also said rising temperatures will be a cause of the shortage.

According to the Office of National Statistics, the population of the UK is set to increase from about 67 million to just over 71 million by 2030, which will see a great demand for water.

According to the specialist, by 2040, more than half of our summers are expected to be hotter than the one we saw in 2003 - which he claims will lead to more water shortages and potentially as much as 50 to 80 per cent less water in some of the country's rivers during the summer months.

The Environment boss will add: "Water companies all identify the same thing as their biggest operating risk: climate change."

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Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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