Population Growth

Demographic change will increase pressure on our water supplies and infrastructure. The population of England is forecast to grow by just under ten million by 2035, with much of this increase likely to be concentrated in the south east which is already one of the most water-stressed parts of the country.

In 2016 the population of the UK was 65.6 million, its largest ever. The UK population is projected to continue growing, reaching over 74 million by 2039 (Source: Office for National Statistics, July 2017).

Combined with other trends, such as the increasing number of smaller households which lead to rises in personal water consumption, the overall demand for water is likely to grow, with some scenarios suggesting growth of around five per cent by 2020 and as much as 35 per cent by 2050.