Amid U.K. Flooding, Why Drought Should Be a Concern

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Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) -- David Weight, Consultant at Aecom, discusses water sustainability in the U.K. and solutions to future needs. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “The Pulse.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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The u.k.'s water supply could be key to reducing flooding and creating energy schemes.

A new series of canals.

First of all, at a time when the -- somersets and vast other parts of the country are underwater, talking of water shortages will strike many as something we don't have to worry about.

That is short-term thinking.

That is one of the biggest problems we have had.

We need to be thinking in terms of decades, like 100 years.

Scientists are warning us there is a great danger of drought in the future as much as there are floods.

A report came out from newcastel and oxford university saying that water shortages could lead to -- they need it for turbines and -- talk to me about what you're proposing.

We're talking about huge canals bringing water from areas of plenty.

The largest reservoir in britain and it was built initially -- they have water to sell.

And the water is partly for water companies facing problems from the combination of population rise, lots of water from abstraction licenses and climate change.

So they have that problem.

Plus there is unmet water demand for farming.

For agriculture they need lots of sources of all of these things are growing.

You bring this to market by a series of canals which would cost what?

We think in the region of $20 billion.

Any kind of traction on this?

Any kind of government interest?

Would they take this seriously?

They have been quite supportive.

They can see the advantages not just for water but this canal could be used as a corridor to transmit energy.

It would be particularly efficient.

We're going to have to leave

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