Claim: London could run out of WATER in decades thanks to climate change and population rise

Posted: June 1, 2018 by oldbrew in alarmism, climate

Another day, another climate scare. This time it’s not enough rain, or – believe it or not – ‘climate change’ bringing the wrong kind of rain, to London as the Evening Standard reports.

Millions of extra litres of drinking water must be sourced to stop parts of London running dry over the coming decades, Thames Water has warned.

It said that unless we change our consumption habits, some 250 million more litres will need to be pumped into the capital each day.

With London’s 8.8 million population due to hit 11 million by 2050, customers are being asked to “consider different ways they can reduce demand”, such as using water-reducing shower heads.

Thames Water said that without changing our lifestyles “there would be shortages, low pressure and more instances of people having no water”.

Climate change is predicted to bring shorter, heavier bursts of rain, which run off from the ground and are not as reliable for filling up rivers. Climate change is also expected to cause more droughts.

Continued here.

Ofwat: The failure by Thames Water to meet the leakage commitments it has made to its customers is unacceptable [re. 2016-17]

  1. DIB (TSM) says:

    Great idea, let’s all take less showers, spread bacteria and go back to Edwardian times….these people!!

  2. Kip Hansen says:

    Of course they should encourage water saving technologies and habits if only to cut down the cost of the water supply.
    Now is the time to build new reservoirs and major water infrastructure while the public and industry cuts waste in all reasonable and cost effective ways.
    This is what planning is for….planing for the future. Clean, drinkable fresh water is a valuable resource — and it must be considered and treated as such.
    London has a much easier time of it than a city like Los Angeles, California where I grew up.

  3. stpaulchuck says:

    they may run out of water but they obviously won’t run out of BS

  4. ivan says:

    It would help if they fixed all the leaks in their infrastructure. If they did that they wouldn’t have to pump so much water into the city in the future nor would they need to ‘find’ 250 million more litres because it wouldn’t be lost.

  5. pameladragon says:

    They can always drink bitter….

  6. oldbrew says:

    @ pamela – yes, it’s been done before…

    1854 Broad Street cholera outbreak
    There was one significant anomaly – none of the workers in the nearby Broad Street brewery contracted cholera. As they were given a daily allowance of beer, they did not consume water from the nearby well. During the brewing process, the wort (or un-fermented beer) is boiled in part so that hops can be added. This step killed the cholera bacteria in the water they had used to brew with, making it safe to drink.

    The doctor who worked out what the source of the cholera problem was had a pub named after him…

  7. pameladragon says:

    Yes, nothing like a good roiling boil to destroy cholera bugs or any other bugs for that matter. I come from a long line of brewers, so am familiar with the process. But I prefer cider or whiskey myself.

  8. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on CraigM350 and commented:
    The only wrong kind we have is not weather, that will do as it always does, but swamp dwelling, ambulance chasers which sadly we may never run out of. The biggest threat we face is drowning in the effluent from their bloated, pustulent ignorant cake holes.

    To pick up on what Kip wrote

    [we should be cornered concerned with] an ever increasingly populous mostly focussed in the drier South – where we are more likely to pick up a drier continental flow than the more Atlantic influenced North and West – and a lack of reservoirs to deal with these dry patches we often hit along the way. According to a 2013 BBC article only one resevoir was built in London in the past 100 years:

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    With all that loverly English Liquid Sunshine they think running out of water can happen?

    Well, someone needs to ‘splain to them that desalinization exists, is not too expensive (it is in use in places as diverse as California and Saudi Arabia) and if driven via inexhaustible nuclear power can be done in unlimited quantities forever. (Yes, “forever”. We can extract Uranium from sea water at acceptable prices near the present value and more dissolves into the oceans each year than is needed to power the entire planet.)

    So just where does the water go when it “goes away”? Oh, that’s right, it doesn’t actually leave the planet…

  10. Derek Colman says:

    No surprise. When London water was privatised and became Thames Water, the company asset stripped the facility by selling off half of the reservoirs to take advantage of the high value of land in London. Since then Thames Water constantly tops the chart for loss of water through leakages, and has been fined by the industry regulator several times for not fixing leakages. The company’s sole function is to maximise shareholder profits, and service to their entrapped customers is a minor irritation. In effect they are now telling the public to use less water in order to maintain their high share and dividend values. How on earth could they service London’s rapidly rising population with only half the reservoirs they has 20 years ago?

  11. tom0mason says:

    Funny but back in 1997 Londoners were scared of the rising water table. The underground planned to pump out 30 million litres a day to help stabilize the water table.

  12. Bloke down the pub says:

    There are a number of options open to them.

  13. Stephen Richards says:

    So the Thames will run dry in 30years

  14. pameladragon says:

    Wouldn’t this be a really good time to start constructing reservoirs? With all that fresh water falling from the sky, its a sin and a shame to let it run out to sea. Surely a few reservoirs would be much less costly than importing water in little bottles or building desalination plants.

  15. oldbrew says:

    Maybe make some existing reservoirs bigger?

  16. Russ Wood says:

    Two things – first, I’ve been through a few ‘droughts’ in the UK. Since it rains so often, a 4-6 week hiatus in rainfall almost invariably bollixes up the water supply system, and everybody (spurred on by the MSM) goes into a panic. Then the local councils put intensive restrictions into place, which will often take until the next set of ‘floods’ before they are removed.
    Second, Cape Town, South Africa is in a real water shortage situation, since hardly any new water reservoirs have been built in the last 25 years. And, over that period, the population has about doubled (which may also be London’s problem).
    In any case, supply problems with ANY consumables are almost invariably due to some sort of political failure. Ah, yes – that’s it! Climate change causes politicians to become idiots!
    (But sorry, no – they started off that way).

  17. nickreality65 says:

    For the Radiative Green House Effect to function as advertised the surface of the earth must radiate as a 1.0 emissivity ideal black body.

    But the non-radiative heat transfer processes, i.e. conduction, convection, advection, latent, of the atmospheric molecules render such ideal BB emission impossible, the effective surface emissivity being 0.16.

    Without this ideal BB radiation the up/down/”back” GHG LWIR energy loop does not exist.

    And carbon dioxide and the other GHGs have no role in the behavior of the climate.