Europe’s Water is under pressure. Recent figures show that 20% of surface water is at serious risk from pollution; 60% of European cities over-exploit their groundwater resources and 50% of wetlands are endangered.
Demand for water is growing. ¾ of Europeans get their supply from groundwater. Nearly ½ of the EU population live in ‘water-stressed’ countries where abstraction from freshwater sources is too high.
Climate change is projected to lead to major changes in water availability across Europe with increasing water scarcity mainly in Southern Europe and increasing risk of floods throughout most of the continent.
This water management report looks at the key areas of water resources, water supply and quality and wastewater management. Within these categories is an examination of leak management, flooding and the social impact including the importance of behaviour and change management.