Watchdog examines long-term pressure on water supplies

The potential benefits and pitfalls of Wales sharing more of its water resources with England will be debated when the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) meets in Cardiff on Tuesday (11 December).

Water companies in Wales will join the Water Watchdog to examine the issue of piping more water across the border as part of wider efforts to ensure there is enough water to supply homes, businesses and industry long into the future.

Extending the use of water transfer schemes is just one of a number of options being considered by water companies in England and Wales as they look to safeguard supplies from the increasing demands of a changing climate and growing population.

Members of the public can listen to the discussion which will include presentations by suppliers Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and Hafren Dyfrdwy on the potential impact on consumers and the environment.

Tom Taylor, Wales Chair for the Consumer Council for Water, said: “We cannot afford to bury our head in the sand when it comes to the mounting pressure on our water resources. It’s imperative water companies work together to safeguard our supply of tap water but not at an unacceptable cost to consumers or the environment in Wales.”

The watchdog will also look at the issue of transparency in the water sector during the meeting which will start at 11am at The Temple of Peace on King Edward VII Avenue.

If you would like to attend please contact Alison Townsend by email at

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