Our five year business plan
Two major challenges face Cambridge Water. As well as operating in one of the driest areas of the UK we also operate in one of the fastest growing areas with our population predicted to increase by 50,000 over the next 25 years.
How does this affect the water supply?
Cambridge Water relies on winter rainfall to replenish the underground aquifer from which we pump all our water. So as long as winter rainfall does not diminish, our overall water supply should remain secure.
However, the possibility of hotter, drier summers, combined with an increase in population, raises the prospect of higher demands on the water supply - particularly in hot weather as customers choose to water their gardens, take more showers and fill their paddling pools, putting a strain on the local distribution network at peak times.
Ensuring we have enough water to sustain our population now and in the future is therefore one of our key priorities.
You can find out more by reading our Water Resources Management Plan.