Using water is the easiest thing in the world. We turn on the tap, it arrives in an instant. It’s the same for homes, businesses and industry. But using it wisely is a different matter altogether.
England’s water bodies, all the way from mountain springs and underground aquifers cascading down through pools and estuaries to our beaches, should be a balanced natural system. Our health, and the health of our wildlife, depends on the health of that system.
But as the population grows, our demand for water is growing. So what happens when you take a lot more water out of that system for drinking, bathing, toilet flushing, garden watering and other activities?
Taking too much water out of a system is known as over-abstraction. The symptoms of over-abstraction are grim if you’re a fish needing a clean stream in which to spawn, or if you’re a picnic fan looking for the perfect riverside idyll:
And is this ideal system possible? Of course! And with your support, we can make it a reality. This does not mean anyone will miss out- in fact everyone benefits from a healthy system because it will buffer us against climate change and population growth, so our future water supply is more resilient than if the system is left unchanged.
“No water, no life, no blue, no green” – Sylvia Earle
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