The Government’s resource sustainability experts Envirowise have warned that changing weather patterns, population growth and changes to water abstraction licences could increase pressure on the region’s water supplies.
The announcement follows research which found that 70% of sustainability experts consider the threat of dwindling water supplies to be equal to the impact of carbon emissions and 54% believe the world will run out of water before it runs out of fuel.
It is also predicted that UK groundwater will decrease by 2025 and that the overall amount of water in English and Welsh rivers will fall 15% by 2050.
Although the North West is not currently an area of significant water stress, businesses could still feel the effects of reduced water availability, especially through supply chains, and water recover and re-use technology will become a key risk management tool for the region’s business sector.
Nick Ward, Envirowise Regional Manager for the North West, said:
“Water is set to become one of the most dramatically affected resources as the impact of climate change takes hold, but many businesses are not aware of the steps they can take to mitigate against this risk.
”Companies in the North West should explore practical steps including water saving devices and water recovery and reuse technology such as membrane filtration systems, which enable a large proportion of wastewater to be reused for processes such as heating, cooling and cleaning. This can result in major cost savings through lower mains water and disposal charges, as well as an enhanced environmental reputation with customers and investors.”
UK businesses which pay income or corporation tax can claim significant tax relief on over 1,800 water saving devices, including recovery and re-use systems, through the Water Technology List (WTL).
Posted under Water Efficiency and Effluent Management and Environmental Technologies on 12 October 2009