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Geography Factsheet: 223. Water development options in Oxfordshire

  • Geography Factsheet: 223. Water development options in Oxfordshire

Geography Factsheet: 223. Water development options in Oxfordshire

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    In 1996 the Chairman of Ofwat stated ‘Water is a renewable resource but is also a diminishing resource, in that additional resources are disproportionately costly in financial and environmental terms. Demand needs to be managed, or else it may outstrip supply. Reductions in average household size, rising living standards and the increasing trend towards garden watering and the use of water for recreational purposes, have contributed to the increased water consumption by households. On the other hand, water-using appliances are becoming more efficient, and industrial water use has fallen.’ Over the last ten years the demand for water has increased while the supply of water has become less reliable. How then is the need for more water being addressed in Oxfordshire?