eNewsletter Winter 2019

Peterborough Environment Capital

Sustainable Water


Why we need to use less water:
Water is a commodity that we all take for granted in our day to day life. Whilst we think of England as a wet country our dense population and resultant high water demand means that the East of England is classed as a water scarce area. Variation in annual weather can lead to Peterborough appearing to fluctuate between experiencing flooding and drought. It is crucial that the true value of water is understood and appreciated so that we can adequately protect against flooding and protect water resources for future generations.

What we need to do:
We all need to use less water on a day to day basis whilst ensuring The that we are resilient to water scarcity and no properties in Peterborough should have an annual risk of flooding from any source which is greater than 1% (1 in 100).

Peterborough is already working towards reducing water usage:

  • 75% of Peterborough residents have water meters.

  • The councils Flood and Water planning guidance is promoted by the Environment Agency as best practice.


  • Anglia is one of the UK’s driest regions with the same average rainfall yearly as Jerusalem.

  • Only 1% of the water on Earth is usable fresh water.

  • ¾’s of Brits overfill their kettles, wasting a total of £68m each year.

Targets to 2020: 

  • New homes to be of the highest water efficiency standard.
  • Nenescape will deliver a programme of activity to protect and promote the nature and heritage of the Nene Valley.
  • Deliver physical and behaviour change activities within the Werrington Brook catchment to improve water quality.
  • Anglian Water aim to reduce household water consumption to 125 litres per person per day and increase the number of Peterborough households on metered water supply to 86%.

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Related links:
Anglian Water
Peterborough City Council Flood and Water Management
Environment Agency



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