Water and the treatment of wastewater have an impact on all businesses in the South West. Drawing water from reservoirs, rivers, springs, wells and boreholes, Bristol Water alone supplies 282 million litres of water to its customers daily. Wessex Water was named the 'most efficient water company in the UK' by Ofwat and, signalling a commitment to sustainable development, it was first to sign the 2003 UN Global Compact.
The South West water industry does not start and end with water companies. The region also includes an important presence by the world's leading multi-disciplinary consultancies specialising in the water industry.
While the South West does not yet suffer the water shortages of London and the South East, the erratic weather wrought by climate change may change this. With a number of world-standard universities in the area, the South West is a venue for important research into improving efficient testing and purification of water, which may prove vital for the future of the industry.
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