Water companies showcase efforts to avert future water shortage

Plans to make sure water supplies across the south east of England don’t leave future generations high and dry will be top of the agenda when the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) meets in Reading on Tuesday (10 October).

Some of the region’s leading experts on safeguarding water resources, including water companies and regulators, will join the discussion at the water watchdog’s meeting in public at Reading Town Hall.

Keeping taps running to meet the demands of homes, businesses and industry is an increasingly difficult challenge for water companies, particularly in the south east of England where water resources are under the most pressure from factors including climate change and a growing population.

CCWater has invited water companies to explain to the public how they are confronting this challenge through more resilient planning and infrastructure, as well as helping consumers to use water wisely.

Alan Lovell, Chair of CCWater, said: “Running water is something most of us take for granted in this country but our resources are coming under intense pressure.

“Taking the right action now is imperative to ensure future generations do not inherit a serious water shortage. We are looking forward to hearing what is being done to safeguard our resources and how consumers can play their part.”

The meeting will feature a series of presentations by members of Water Resources in the South East, the group spearheading efforts to protect the region’s water resources.

The spotlight will then turn to other related issues including Thames Water’s plans to reduce the amount of water lost through leaks across its supply area.

There will also be an opportunity at the start of the meeting for consumers to put their questions to CCWater’s Board. The meeting starts at 10.30am and anyone who wishes to attend is asked to email Alison.townsend@ccwater.org.uk in advance.

For more information call the CCWater media team on 0121 345 1005