Drinking Our Rivers Dry?

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Duration: 30 minutes

Most of our water comes from rivers, and environmentalists fear we are pushing some of them and the wildlife they support to the edge. With many of Britain's rivers at the limit of what can sustainably be taken from them, Simon Boazman investigates whether the water industry and its regulators are doing enough to protect the nation's rivers.

  • How much water do you use each day?

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    Panorama reporter Simon Boazman asked shoppers in Swindon, Wiltshire about their water consumption.
    With domestic water use on the rise, a growing population and a thirsty agriculture industry which relies on a steady stream of irrigation, Panorama investigates the pressure building on Britain's river system.

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    Quarter of England's rivers at risk

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  • Drinking Our Rivers Dry? Join in the debate

    Drinking Our Rivers Dry? Join in the debate

    Read other viewers comments or leave your own on the Panorama blog forum


Michael Price
Michael Price
Simon Boazman
Simon Boazman


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