We’re investing to address Hampshire’s water shortfall
Our investment spans a range of strategic solutions:
- Building a desalination plant which will take water from the Solent and turn it into drinking water.
- Exploring new sources of water – including water recycling to keep treated water within our network
- Building up to 125km of new pipelines to link up our key sites and allow additional bulk transfers of water from neighbouring water companies
- Teaming up with Portsmouth Water to build a new reservoir at Havant Thicket to be used as a strategic water resource for the South East
Additional steps to protect and preserve water
Cracking down on leakage
We're driving down leaks across our network – reducing them by 15% by 2025, 40% by 2040 and 50% by 2050. Find out what we’re doing to find and fix leaks.
Preserving the quality of our water sources
We’re working with farmers, businesses and environmental groups to protect and restore local water sources in specific areas, which we call catchments. For example, if chemicals such as pesticides and fertilisers enter watercources, they can make these sources unavailable. By reducing the use of contaminants or stopping them from entering watercourses, we can safeguard these catchments for future use.
Until we’ve addressed the shortfall in Hampshire, the area will be at risk of water shortages. In the meantime, we're supporting and incentivising each person to reduce their use to 100 litres a day (from an average of 129) via our Target 100 campaign.