Water and our growing population

Today we are warned by the Environment Agency that England will run short of water within 25 years, due to rising population and climate change. To those aware of the environmental damage our rising population is doing this comes as no surprise. The WWF has already reported that a third of river catchments are threatened by excessively high abstraction levels.
It is a suprising statistic that, if we ignore small islands, after Bangladesh and South Korea, England is the third most populated country in the World. Recently the National Rivers Authority reported that if we divide the total rainfall for England by it’s population we have per head as much water as Cyprus!
More than 50% of our population growth comes from inwards migration and the numbers have reached absurd levels. With more than 250,000 new residents arriving every year we can fill the City of Bristol in less than 24 months.
To alleviate our growing housing crisis the government propose to build 5 garden towns between Oxford and Cambridge. This will create 103,000 new homes. Using the average UK home occupancy of 2.4 people per dwelling we can see that these homes will house approx 247,200 people. At our current rate of net migration we can fill all these homes within 11 months, just using new residents from overseas.
One of the solutions to supply our fast growing population is a ‘mega reservoir’ near Abingdon, Oxford that would cover more than 4 square miles, resulting in significant environmental, economic and social damage.
Excessive water abstraction is only one of the problems resulting from our over generous migration policies. I doubt many here would disagree that a sensible migration policy would match numbers coming in with our ability to cope with those numbers. We cannot do this as long as we are subject to the failed idealism of Freedom of Movement.

Excessive water abstraction threatens UK rivers.

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