‘Jaws of death’: Northern England could face water shortages by 2035

Parts of the north of England, including Yorkshire and the Humber, could face a ‘jaws of death’ scenario in the next 15 years where demand for water outstrips the region’s supply, according to a new report.

Significant reductions in rainfall and water flow exacerbated by climate change, coupled with population increases and water leakages, are the main drivers behind future water stresses in the north, according to the think tank IPPR North. 

Its findings, published today, add to the growing body of research that shows how England could be facing a “water deficit of 8-22% of total water demand by the 2050s”, according to environment minister Thérèse Coffey.  Earlier this year, the Environment Agency’s chief executive Sir James Bevan described the point at which England’s water demand outstripped supply as the “jaws of death”.

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