Countryfile: Tom Heap says we could run out of water across UK
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Tom Heap warned Countryfile viewers the UK “could run out of water” by 2050 during Sunday’s episode. However, fans of the BBC show weren’t pleased with the presenter’s declaration and took to Twitter to vent their fury at the segment on water shortages and the emphasis on climate change.
Matt Baker introduced: “Government regulators have warned that by 2050 the UK could run out of water.
“Now this is to do with a growing population, climate change and ageing water supply in some rural parts of the UK.
“This would affect our nature and block desperately needed new homes.”
Reporting on the segment, Tom explained: “We’re a nation famous for wet weather from muddy festivals to damp summer holidays so you might think we have a limitless supply of clean water.”
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“But that isn’t the case,” he continued. “As far back as the long hot summer of 1976, we’ve experienced shortages of our water supplies.
“And now a perfect storm of a growing population, climate change and leaking pipes mean we could risk running out of water across the UK.
“If we don’t take action now experts think all areas of the UK could experience water shortages in the future.
“In England alone by 2050 there is a one in four chance large numbers of households will have water supplies cut off.”
Tom spoke to the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency Sir James Bevan who has been “raising the alarm about water shortages for years”.
He warned: “We need to value it more, we need to cherish it, it’s the most precious thing there is. We’re running dry for two reasons, firstly because there’s more people in this country and the other reason we’re running dry is because the climate is changing and that is causing hotter and dryer summers.”
Countryfile viewers didn’t agree with the report’s findings and took to Twitter to comment.
@Tomcau118 said: “It’s all doom and gloom on #countryfile these days what with water shortages and the environment.”
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@richardintheuk tweeted: “Is there a more doom-laden presenter than Tom Heap on #Countryfile?
“This week’s waiting disaster is that we are going to run out of water and all nature will disappear, wiping out all humans.”
@HotelLubyanka added: “Just saw the piece about water shortages. Absolute h*******t. We have a storage problem not a shortage in the UK. We have abundant water.”
“#countryfile It’s definitely climate change causing water shortages, not water companies, pissing 20% of it away through their leaky pipes,” @WayneyoWayne. (sic)
@StobnaBroige argued: “The UK is running out of water says #countryfile? Really? What particular ‘UK’ water do you mean? FYI, Scotland has some 30,000 lochs and lochans. Loch Ness has more water than all of the lakes of England and Wales combined. The Scottish people own our water. What about you?.” (sic)
“#countryfile ‘Run out of water’ How I hate such exaggerated comments. Water shortages possibly. Run out of water ie no water, no way. We ain’t going to become the Sahara,” @airwavey quipped.
@OldWhizzPopper said: “#countryfile The country running out of water, the ultimate climate b*****s from the @bbc.”
Countryfile continues on BBC One on Sunday at 7pm.
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