Category: Water Sustainability

Water shortages risk in England due to leaks and overuse

water shortages

Increasing pressure is being put on already overstretched water supplies from leaking pipes and domestic overuse of water. The wasted water resources as well as causing water shortages are also causing damage to rivers and wildlife, The Environment agency warns. Three billion litres of water a day in England are lost through leaking pipes.…

Water Supply – There’s something in the water

Water Supply - contaminated livestock water - water treatment

In the UK we take water supply for granted and expect to have a clean, cheap and secure water supply.  The problem with this thinking is we forget the real costs and problems with this resource.   For farm and equine businesses, it was calculated from a UK wide agricultural business survey that on average businesses pay between £1.40 and £2.00 per 1000 litres of water and use 2500 litres of water supply daily costing between £3.50 and £5 per…

Water Industry – Ageing Infrastructure Poses Challenges

Water Industry - Water Management

Aging infrastructure in the water industry is posing a massive challenge according to a report from Black & Veatch, an engineering consultancy firm. A different approach to business as well as new investment in the water industry will be essential in narrowing the gap between what consumers expect and what the services actually cost.…

Milk production takes a whole lot of water

milk production

Vast Amounts of Water Required for Milk Production – Dairy cows require huge quantities of water for the milk production for which they are so famous. It is essential for all dairy farmers to provide water for their herds with a highlight on ease of access so all members of the herd can stay hydrated. – Cows consume the most water just after eating and just after they have been milked. The location of the water trough is essential so that…

Nitrates and Phosphates: The Effects on Water Quality

Nitrates and Phosphates

Over the past 50 years, there has been a constant trend towards greater intensification and higher agricultural productivity, and this has been accompanied by a significant increase in the use of inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus in fertilisers. In recent years, in order to address the resultant excessive levels of these chemicals found in waterways and mitigate the effects on water quality, measures to reduce and control their use have been implemented. Water Quality Problems Caused by Nitrates and Phosphates Nitrate…

Catchment Management: Farming and Water Quality

Catchment Management

Climate Change and Water Management It may be obvious to say that as climate change brings changes in temperature, rainfall intensity and patterns and rises in sea-level, the water industry will be heavily impacted. Some of these impacts such as more frequent droughts and floods are relatively easy to see and plan for, while others are harder to predict, for example, changes to peak demand. Water companies spend billions each year on infrastructure and services, managing more than 16 billion…