The UK’s new £3.6bn plan to construct three large reservoirs after none constructed for 30 years | UK | News | EUROtoday

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Three new reservoirs are within the works, regardless of none having been constructed within the final 30 years. Scientists warned this week that the UK may face water shortages and hosepipe bans this summer season, regardless of having had the wettest 18 months since data started.

The Environment Agency launched a report predicting a rising shortfall of water as a result of UK not storing water correctly.

Experts have warned that local weather breakdown will result in the nation being weak to “all or nothing” rain patterns which will probably be skilled extra regularly.

There have been no new main reservoirs constructed up to now 30 years, rivers are engineered to maneuver water rapidly which causes floods in city areas, and wetlands have been drained and farmed or constructed on.

This means the water that falls in winter is just not being saved correctly in reservoirs, inflicting floods within the colder months and water shortages in summer season.

This summer season may see hosepipe bans put in place throughout the nation. But three new water storage services are within the works, hoping to make a dent in the issue.

Portsmouth Water is planning a £340million reservoir close to Havant to guard two of the nation’s rarest chalk streams – the River Test and the River Itchen.

To scale back the quantity of water taken from the rivers, which harms them, Southern Water wants another supply. The Havant Thicket Reservoir will take the excess of water from the springs in winter and retailer it.

The reservoir would be capable of maintain about 8.7 billion litres of water when full and provide a median of 21 million litres of water every day. That’s sufficient water to provide about 160,000 folks throughout a median yr.

Anglian Water is investing in two new reservoirs, one in Lincolnshire and one other in Cambridgeshire. They will collectively value £3.3billion.

The firm mentioned they checked out the place it is perhaps greatest to construct reservoirs throughout the area and recognized rivers close to Sleaford and the Fens close to March as having sufficient water surplus within the winter.

They intention to safe a dependable provide of water for many years to return and assist defend the encircling communities from future local weather occasions, similar to hotter summers and droughts.