water220_ecosystemSometime ago I wrote that the need for water would provide a kerb on development. You can’t build houses, I reasoned, if the residents don’t have enough water to wash the windows.

That will put a hat on it I thought!

But now I’ve found out at today’s CPRE’s Environment Group meeting (thanks for inviting me Andrew) that this is not the case.

Water companies are duty bound by law to provide water for any new development – the supposition being that, given the amount of rain in this country, they should be able to ‘get it from somewhere’.

While existing conventional ‘somewheres’ may be drying up, there are other ‘somewheres’ which, though unusual, are potentially just as abundant: construction of new reservoirs, desalination, effluent reuse, and transfer from neighbouring water authorities.

So what does this mean to us Wye residents?

1/ No water company will be fighting against development. (This would harm their profits after all. Silly me!)

2/ Our water bills will be going up.

3/ Water companies will embark on increasingly extreme sources of supply. (Water transfer from other regions – Wales? – is probably first in line). However, the suspicion will endure that new development will result in more water being taken out of Kent’s rivers and aquifers – especially during times of scarcity. This will inevitably harm wildlife and the countryside.

4/ Other kerbs on development in Wye do however remain: Wye Primary School – 225 new living units. Sewage works – 500.

About jasperbouverie

I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: jasperbouverie.com which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and FunderFilms.com which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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