Build­ing in area of water stress

West Sussex County Times - - Opinion -

South­ern Water’s (SW) re­port of De­cem­ber 2019 states that ‘our area in the South East is in se­ri­ous water stress’.

The re­port sets out its plan to pro­vide us with water in the next five years which re­lies heav­ily on water re­stric­tions such as me­tered sup­ply at ‘af­ford­able price’ and lim­it­ing sup­plies phys­i­cally to 100 litres per per­son per day.

Visu­alise four drums of 25 litres. This is a planned re­duc­tion from about 130 litres cur­rently or about five drums of 25 litres per per­son per day.

SW has clearly an im­pos­si­ble task as it does not know how many peo­ple it has to sup­ply or where they could be liv­ing. It most cer­tainly does not know how much rain­fall there will be.

The re­port in­cludes plans for in­creased amounts of re­cy­cled water which ap­par­ently is now at 17 per cent. There is men­tion of two planned de­sali­na­tion plants but surely they must be ben­e­fi­cial to those nearer the sea­wa­ter.

It is fright­en­ing that HDC. is un­der pres­sure from Gov­ern­ment and de­vel­op­ers to plan for large num­bers of new houses to be built in an

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