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Water, water everywhere…not anymore

In recent weeks drought has been a huge media story in the UK, following the announcement in February that much of southern and eastern England was officially in a state of drought, due to two consecutive dry winters.  Droughts are natural events caused by an extended period of low rainfall; they are more commonly associated with countries such as Africa and Australia, however, they are becoming...

Is water scarce?

Water is an essential part of everyone’s life. It is also something that many of us take for granted, particularly those of us living in richer countries with relatively abundant supplies. Around the world, however, water scarcity is becoming an ever more pressing issue, with some predicting that we are headed towards a ‘future of thirst’. But what does water scarcity actually mean,...

Welcome to the Water and the City blog

Welcome to the ‘Water and the City’ blog, a forum in which everyone can join in the debate on urban water issues. The blog’s purpose is to provide opportunities for the public and professionals to discuss the current condition and future of water services in our cities. Over the coming months it will address issues such as where our water comes from, how we use it, and how much it should...