21st Century Drainage
Everyone in the water sector realises the scale of the challenges facing the industry and that is why more than 40 organisations from across the UK have joined Water UK for this 21st Century Drainage Programme.
The 21st Century Drainage Programme is about one of the fundamentals of life – how to best protect our environment and public health, at a cost customers can afford.
Many of us don't think about what happens to the water that we use once it's gone down the drain. However, billions of litres of water are constantly travelling through hundreds of thousands of miles of pipes, being treated and returned safely to the environment.
The UK water industry has invested billions of pounds over the last few decades on behalf of customers. Working in partnership with the UK’s governments, regulators and community groups, we have rivers and streams that are now abundant with life. There is much still to do, to build on the benefits we have seen of that investment. However, there are very real external pressures that we have to prepare for now, to ensure our children and grandchildren can build on this success. More people, bigger towns and cities and the effects of climate change will mean a greater demand for water when it’s hot and dry, fewer green spaces to absorb the rain when it’s wet, and more unpredictable weather.
Over 40 organisations have come together through the programme to identify the major risks for drainage in the future and provide options for how these risks could be addressed.