How do we manage water resources in the future to best protect water quality?

A new paper in Water Resources Management looks at the problem of balancing water demands with protection of river water quality. Dr Mike Hutchins explains more about the study...

If summers become appreciably drier, as is likely, areas of growing population (e.g. in south-east England) will be increasingly at risk of running out of water in the next 30 years.

Bigger cities lead to higher river flows

With all the recent heavy rainfall and flooding in many parts of the country the impacts of urban growth on river flows has again been a topic of debate. The video below shows the dramatic impact, in this case in August, of intense rainfall in an urban area on river flow. Contrast this with the same stretch of river during a dry spell (image on the right).

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