Levels of water abstraction in England increasing, warns ONS

The volumes of water being taken out of England’s rivers and groundwater is rising and is unsustainable in some areas, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Water abstraction for public water supply increased from 6,443 million cubic metres in 2014 to 6,697 million cubic metres in 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) latest natural capital accounts

Demand for water is forecast to continue to rise, due to population growth in England and climate change, says the ONS, with volumes likely to keep rising.  

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