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Yorkshire Water provides insight into future reservoir stocks

A water service company has glimpsed how climate change could affect supply in the future, encouraging people to conserve water.

Yorkshire Water has produced a video and images visualizing what some of its reservoirs could look like in the next 50 years if we didn’t take action to conserve water.

The Bradford-based company predicts it will have 100 million liters less in its daily supply by 2045.

A recent survey of people in the region found that while 50 percent were concerned about shortages, one in 10 didn’t believe they would hit Yorkshire for another 100 years, the utility said.

“We can already see and feel the effects of climate change around us,” said Suzanne Dunn, water resources strategy manager at Yorkshire Water. “Seeing what our reservoirs and environment might look like in 50 years may be surprising and scary to some people, but the important thing to note is that it’s not too late for us to change that future.”

With the Environment Agency predicting shortages within 25 years if no action is taken, the water company has released a compelling 360˚ video that gives a glimpse into what the future of its reservoirs could look like if the predictions are correct.

The company also unveiled three futuristic images showing what reservoirs at Fewston near Otley, Butterley in Derbyshire and Langsett on the edge of the Peak District National Park might look like over the same period.

Martin Christmas, Yorkshire Environment Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “What we do with water and how much we use has a direct impact on people and the environment, including many of the places we care about most: our rivers, lakes and coastal waters.

“We have to be careful with our water supply. With the weather we’re experiencing in the UK it’s easy to think there’s plenty to do, but when you factor in the effects of climate change and population growth, there’s a real risk of water shortages by 2050.”

To address these future challenges, Yorkshire Water has established a Water Resources Management Plan, which is committed to managing the impacts of increased population and warmer, drier weather due to climate change.

Key aspects of the plan include reducing the amount of water that escapes from the pipes and engaging with customers to help them understand how to use less water.

Yorkshire Water is testing new technologies to find leaks faster and has committed to reducing leaks from its pipes by 50 percent by 2050.

The survey also found that the top ways customers can save water are by turning off the tap while brushing your teeth and using the washing machine only when you have a full load.