Right here within the UK, now we have a little bit of a wastewater concern. Environmental campaigner Feargal Sharkey has been haranguing the assorted water firms about their overflows into the rivers and waters across the British Isles, and the way the Universities Superannuation Scheme pension fund and others put money into privatised firms reminiscent of Thames Water, which appears to prioritise dividends over delivering clear water. (twitter @Feargal-Sharkey)
I believed I appreciated him when he sang a few good coronary heart again within the Eighties, however we now assume the world of him. As a Thames Water buyer, I’m considerably dumbfounded that they’ll discharge uncooked sewage into waterways, nevertheless it appears they’re all at it. And slightly apparently, Thames Water has an interactive map the place you’ll be able to see the true time discharges. (www.thameswater.co.uk/edm-map) Attempt not to consider it once you subsequent go wild swimming. I do know I’m all the time a bit cautious after a heavy rainfall too, however I’m within the precise Thames at the least yearly now.
In dairy, now we have lengthy handled the problem of wastewater administration by the availability chain. For instance, Dairy UK’s Dairy Roadmap and its implementation of benchmarks to enhance environmental outlooks has resulted in a 24 per cent enhance in water effectivity because it started in 2008. After all, we realise now we have extra to do as an trade.
As a Bloomberg report reveals, greater than half of the UK’s land is dedicated to agriculture, which is spectacular by any requirements. (bloom.bg/3jV5Ntf) As compared, the US makes use of solely about 20% of its land for agriculture. Greater than 400,000 individuals work on farms, with round 4 million within the greater agri-food sector, Bloomberg says.
So, in a manner, the dairy and the bigger agricultural sector need to get it proper on points reminiscent of wastewater, whereas customers need to assume extra about how they use their water, and the water firms have to begin getting issues proper on how they handle this very valuable useful resource.