Supplying water to your homes and taking it away again after it has been used can be affected by the water cycle and the changing weather.
We have done research on the likely effects climate change will have on us as a business and this has shown that the biggest problem we face is more rain falling more quickly.
We’ve begun to prepare for this challenge by investing in a weather radar, remote monitoring of the sewer network and joint working with others. These will all help us to understand and manage the threat.
We have also found that the expected drier summers of the future are less of a concern for us than for many other companies in our industry. We are increasing the size of Abberton reservoir which will play a big part in protecting water supply in our Essex operating area whilst Kielder Water, the largest man made reservoir in northern Europe, helps protect the north east region.
We will need to monitor and learn more about the threat from the changing weather as time passes and the science behind climate change becomes more clear.