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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Risk of water shortages for England warns Environment Agency

Level: advanced C1

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England is facing water supply shortages by 2050 unless rapid action is taken to curb water use and wastage, the Environment Agency has warned.

Read this BBC article about it and and then answer the following questions about numbers:

1) How much freshwater was taken from the environment in 2016?
2) How much water is wasted through leakage everyday?
3) How many people could that supply?
4) How many river water bodies did not achieve 'good ecological status or potential'?
5) What is the population of England expected to be in 2026?

And a bonus question:
When did the the Water Framework Directive come into force? (You will have to do some extra research for this one!)

Answers below!

1) 9,500 billion litres
2) 3 billion litres
3) 20 million
4) At least 6% and possibly up to 15%
5) 58.5 million

Bonus question: 22 December 2000

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