Why England's driest ever May is a sign of things to come

England can look forward to water shortages amounting to a staggering 4.7bn litres every day by 2050. Or could it be 3.4bn litres per day? The larger figure was cited by Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan this week as he gave evidence to the cross-party House of Commons Public Accounts Committee. An Environment Agency spokesperson later told ENDS Bevan was “mistaken” and that the actual deficit would be more like 3.6bn litres each day.

by Rachel Salvidge
Woodhead reservoir in Derbyshire following the long, dry summer of 2018. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images
Woodhead reservoir in Derbyshire following the long, dry summer of 2018. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

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