It’s the second year in a row that the UK is on track to run dry.
The country is in a serious drought, and the government is planning to shut down the entire country’s water supply to help.
This year, that includes Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to a report by the think tank Environment UK.
“Water is a finite resource, but it’s also one of the most precious resources we have, and we need to protect it,” said James Green, chief executive of Environment UK, which compiled the report.
“We can’t run out, we have to conserve it.
We can’t get it back to where it was before, we need a strategy to make sure it’s available when people need it.”
Scotland has the most water in the country, with a total of 784 billion litres, according the UK’s Water Agency.
That is equivalent to nearly 2,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, but the government has been struggling to find ways to distribute it.
“The water supply in Scotland is in crisis, and it’s going to be a long time before it recovers,” said Alex Johnston, the head of Water Scotland.
“Scotland is not going to have the water it needs to meet its own needs.
We are talking about the equivalent of a whole country of 1 million people using just one water supply.”
This year alone, the UK lost 6.7 billion litres of water, according a report published by the Water and Climate Research Centre.
That’s nearly two per cent of its total water use.
That has left the country with a surplus of 2.8 billion litres.
“I don’t think we have any way of knowing how much of that was lost through water shortages and other causes,” Johnston said.
“If we had all the water we needed, we would have plenty to drink.
But we don’t have it.”
A new strategy is needed The UK is struggling to come up with a strategy that will provide the water to meet the nation’s growing population.
In 2016, the government said that Scotland’s population would grow by 7.6 million by 2060.
It’s also forecast to increase by more than a million people.
Water experts believe that the country’s population is on the rise, and that more water is needed.
“You need more water to grow your population,” Johnston told The Local.
“There are not enough homes in Scotland to keep up with all the growth.”
The report from Environment UK recommends a strategy called the Scotland Growth Strategy (SGS).
The SGS would see the government spend a lot more money on water conservation, and help people use less water.
“This will make a huge difference in terms of how we get through the long-term challenge of water scarcity and what we do to try and mitigate it,” Johnston explained.
The Sgs strategy also recommends that the government develop a water price cap, so that people can pay less for their water.
The report also recommends a moratorium on new fracking, which is considered to be damaging to the environment and water resources.
The government has promised to implement the recommendations.
But it’s not yet clear how much money the government will be able to spend on the SGS.
Environment UK’s report comes after a spate of fracking-related spills in the UK, including one in Devon that left two people hospitalized.
“As more and more water from Scotland comes to the UK via pipelines, the cost of providing it to the rest of the UK will continue to rise,” Johnston noted.
“Even if we don and even if we stop the fracking now, we will still need to have a strategy in place for the long term to manage that.”