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Why is the Central region in drought?

After three years of lower than average rainfall, the prospect of another dry winter means we could be facing low water levels in the new year.

Other pressures:

  • Local population is growing
  • Climate change is reducing the amount of available water
  • How we use water has changed

Local population growth

Over the last ten years the population in our region has increased by 10% - an increase of around 300,000 people – the size of Newcastle. That’s an extra 45 million litres of water used every day.

The population is expected to increase by a further 12% by 2020, and 50% by 2080. It means around an extra 1.6 million people living in our region.

Climate Change

Changing weather patterns are becoming more difficult to predict. The World Meteorological Organisation has said 2015 – 2018 saw the four warmest years on record.

By 2080, climate change is likely to reduce water by 39 million litres per day from current levels – that’s more than 250,000 homes currently use every day!

How we use water has changed

In the early 1960s the average family, used around 85 litres of water a day, but with modern household appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers, this figure has almost double in our regions.


The good news is that we’ve got much more water-conscious in recent years, but with population growth and climage change there’s so much more we all have to do.

We have to keep on trying to use water as wisely as possible.

What restrictions could look like

List of activities that could be affected by water restrictions

What restrictions could look like

What we are doing to save water

The work we are doing to save water and protect our network

What we are doing to save water

How you can help

Making small changes in water usage can make a big difference

How you can help

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