Plea to Use Less Water

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The Welsh Minister for Climate Change, Julie James, has confirmed that Wales’ Drought Liaison Group – consisting of water companies, Natural Resources Wales, the Met Office and other partners – has officially started meeting to plan ahead for all weather scenarios.

A particularly dry February this year was followed by the wettest March in 40 years, with Wales experiencing double the long-term average rainfall. This has been good news for reservoirs, rivers and groundwater supply as stocks under pressure have been replenished.

Unfortunately, the group says, this doesn’t mean Wales can rest on its laurels. Climate change means that we face wetter winters, drier summers, rising sea levels, and more frequent and intense extreme weather events.

Between March and September 2022, Wales received just 64% of the long-term average rainfall for this period, making it the driest seven-month period in 150 years. This placed significant pressures on water infrastructure and supply, wildlife and habitats, and the agriculture sector, leading to a declaration of drought. Back-to-back years of continuous droughts will decrease resilience year on year leading to ever worsening situations.

Julie James said: “I am encouraging everyone in Wales to be water aware. Please think about your current water use and any ways in which you can help save water. Making small adjustments can make a big difference. Reducing shower time by a minute, turning the tap off when you brush your teeth, and not letting the tap run when you wash your dishes are great starts.

“If we use less, we will reduce the energy used for water supply and wastewater treatment, which will help reduce our carbon footprint and make us more resilient to climate change.”

 

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley retired from The Oldie magazine to return to freelance journalism. He previously held executive staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express before freelancing for 20 years for newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the ‘i’ paper, plus a wide range of magazines. He continues to write about music, travel and health, and blogs at www.nigel-summerley.blogspot.com.

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