I note a fascinating article in the Guardian that suggested that parts of England might run out if water within twenty years. This is, apparently, the view of the Public Accounts Committee.
That’s pretty scary.
But think for a moment about the political connotations. Scotland and Wales will not be running out of water.
The actual PAC complaint:
It said the scale of leaks, at 3bn litres a day, was wholly unacceptable.
That’s for England alone. For Scotland alone:
Leakage is the volume of water escaping from our pipes each day. It is measured in millions of litres per day (Ml/d). Over the last 13 years, Scottish Water has reduced leakage from 1104ML/d to 480Ml/d, and continues to target leakage.
Scotland’s population is 5.5 million, England’s is 55 million. 10 times the people and only 6 times the water loss through leakage.
Which water system is doing better?
And Scotland, in particular, could be a renewable energy hot spot as well.
As has been noted a surplus of wind and or solar power to sell tends to coincide with other people having a similar surplus, meaning that the sale price is pretty low. In fact we already have a system in which we tell people to stop producing renewable power as the price is zero or below. It’s unlikely to be all that great an earner really.
Especially if England stops subsidising Scottish renewables of course.