Thinking about water

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UK Water Waste Statistics

When considering water waste and usage in the UK, it’s important to take into account those water companies providing your water and sewage service. Alongside individual households, it’s important for UK water companies to monitor their own practices too. You may be aware of Thames Water being in the news already.

Water stress indicates where water, as a natural resource, is insufficient for the demands being made in that particular area. It is this water demand that UK water companies will be dealing with on a regular basis.

You may not have considered that different areas with the same country could differ vastly in water stress levels, but Thames Water (our region) is classified as ‘serious’.

Common UK Water Wasting Habits

Your daily routine may find you extremely busy. Jobs and household responsibilities may mean that water wastage is the last thing on your mind.

That’s why the following information is here to help.

Water Wasting HabitPercentage Of Brits
Having the tap running when washing face21%
Taking deep baths26%
Wasting water when cooking or preparing food29%
Filling up the kettle with too much water21%
Leaving the tap running when brushing teeth21%

Further Water Waste Statistics and Information

Having access to clean and safe drinking water is something that many countries — the UK included — can take for granted. It’s something which comes naturally, which you always have a handy supply of, and which you might not have given much thought to.

However, for 11 billion people even basic access to improved drinking water is difficult. Some people are already living in water-scarce conditions. This is the reality of why water preservation is so important, and the following statistics can outline current water waste situations to help remind you why preserving water — even in the simplest ways — is so important.

In terms of water consumption and supply, some key predictions for the future include:

A growing world population will significantly increase the demand for water supply. The global agriculture market will require another   1 trillion cubic meters of water annually if the increase in population continues, with an  estimated 1 billion more mouths to feed by 2025.

Areas of the world that are already seeing difficulty in freshwater supply may have this situation worsen.  An estimated 1.8 billion people will suffer from water shortage in their area by 2025.

By 2025, that means two-thirds of the global population will be living in regions of high water stress. The number of nations expected to be water scarce has increased; this is now projected to be 30 nations by 2025, increased  by ten since 1990.

 Global warming will only worsen the water supply  situation.

If current trends don’t see any drastic change,  the world will only have 60% of its necessary water supply in 2030.

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