The demand for water is different across the UK.
The places with good supply aren't the same as highest demand (bigger population).
The north & west have high supplies but the south east and midlands have high demand.
South east & Midlands = water deficit. North & West = water surplus.
The demand for water in UK is increasing. Over past 25 years demand has gone up by 50%.
The population of the UK is set to increase by 10 million in next 20 years.
UK needs to manage supply of water:
- Transfer water to areas of surplus to areas of deficit. (eg Birmingham supplied by Wales).
- However, dams/aqueducts are expensive, could affect wildlife, might be political issues (might not want water given to another country).
- Can build more reservoirs to store more water. However, could involve flooding current settlements and relocating people.
- Fixing leaky…