Water shortages blame them on climate change! not a lot of people know that j gastroenterol impact factor

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Climate change will affect the amount and timing of rainfall that supports river flows and replenishes groundwater. It will also influence the demand for water and its quality, as well as the way land is used – all of which will put pressure on water resources.

Summers are likely to get hotter, significantly increasing demand for water. Winters are likely to get warmer and wetter. Although average summer rainfall is not predicted to change, more rainfall may come in big downpours. This could lead to droughts and floods, possibly at the same time. This would increase the damage caused and increase the risk of disasters such as wildfires. Increasing frequency of both drought and summer heatwaves could lead to a much higher likelihood of these extreme events occurring at the same time.

River flows are predicted to increase in winter and decrease in summer. Groundwater supplies may decrease over the 21st century. Reduced summer rainfall and increased summer evaporation would negatively affect wetland plant and animal communities, particularly in rain-fed wetlands. Increased areas of stagnant water during droughts, coupled with increased temperatures could lead to the spread of mosquito borne diseases such as dengue fever and West Nile virus.

Treatment plants, pumping stations and sewers that are designed to cope with the past and present climate may no longer be adequate. The reliability of existing reservoirs, groundwater sources and river intakes will change. Some infrastructure, critical for providing water supplies, will be more vulnerable to flooding. Agricultural production may be negatively affected by water shortages during warm, dry summers, particularly in the south and east. Wetter autumns and winters will also reduce productivity by disrupting the timing of farm management activities, and by causing increased flooding in low-lying agricultural areas. Valuable ecosystem services such as biodiversity and pollination provided by well-managed agricultural land are also threatened by the impact of climate change on water resources.

There are about 65 million people in Britain, and they use about 0.14 m³ / per person / per day in domestic use. Now the total water use is much larger, because there are other than domestic uses. So not third of the domestic use is leaked. I’m not sure what they talk about, but I’m pretty certain it is not exactly what one would think. For example, water overflowing a reservoir “could” be considered as a leakage, as well as water evaporating before it is in pipes. Industrial sites use a lot of water, if there is no shortage of it, there is no need to spare. Maybe that’s behind the ‘leakage’.

If you include farming, there is a considerable ambiguity in defining, what is a “leakage”, and what is just used water. It is technically possible to reduce water usage in farming, but the central point is that it should not be done prematurely because it does not come without a price.

The UK is not a country with small water resources. The Climate Change monster is not gonna devastate your islands. But in the game of politics, environmental activism, and government institutions, guilt is being used as a Menckenian method to get more power.