ENGLAND IS FACING A MAJOR CHALLENGE REGARDING WATER SUPPLY
“There is a serious risk that some parts of the country will run out of water within the next 20 years”, warns the UK’s Public Accounts Committee in a report published last week.
They point out that a large volume of water has been lost due to leaks – more than 3 billion litres, about 20% of the volume used. It is an unacceptable loss and a burning issue that suggests, “no organisation has got a thorough grip on dealing with this issue and driving the change necessary” in the last two decades.
The MPs drafting the report criticize the authorities responsible for water management (DEFRA, The Environment Agency, and Ofwat) for not paying enough attention to ensure reliable water supply. They call for immediate action, informed The Guardian. The committee urges DEFRA and Ofwat to ensure water companies meet leakage reduction targets and publish performance data every year.
Till today the water industry has made significant progress across many of its recommendations. For example, leakage was cut by 7% this year to the lowest level on record, and next week a national campaign to help consumers save water will be launched.
However, the problem is still there.
I am sure we all agree that something needs to be done to prevent the wastage of freshwater caused by leakages. And I’m not just talking about England, but about all the countries worldwide.
At this point, we need to understand the cause of the problem to solve it.
England has a lot of old water infrastructure, and because of the limited lifespan of the materials used, the water infrastructure network is in dire need of replacement.
As you already know, the environment in which water pipes systems have been installed can be corrosive in nature, so pipes of various materials such as PVC, steel, cast iron and concrete can deteriorate extensively in the long run. On the other hand, GRP pipes are well known for their longevity.
The combination of aging infrastructure, new population distribution and growing demands create complex challenges that must be overcome.
GRP pipes have a minimum life span of 50 years. Today, we can state that this life span has increased up to 150 years, thanks to the total absence of corrosion and their inferior weight compared to other materials, which is fundamental for a long-term water supply project.
So, the decision-makers must consider following this route, implementing preventative and corrective actions, by using in the correct way the GRP pipes for the pipelines.
Why do I state this?
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