By Danyal Hussain For Mailonline
Published: 09:21 GMT, 19 March 2019 | Updated: 09:22 GMT, 19 March 2019
Climate change and a rising population mean that England is facing the 'jaws of death', where demand for water could surpass the supply available in the next 25 years.
Sir James Bevan, 59, chief executive of the Environment Agency, said that the UK could have a water shortage by 2044.
Speaking before the Waterwise conference in London, Sir Bevan added that water leakage was also to blame for the loss of water in the UK.
Water shortages could become common as the UK deals with hotter summers and a growing population
Currently, our water comes from a range of sources.
In England and Wales, a third of water comes from aquifers, underground sources, with this figure being at six per cent for Northern Ireland and three per cent for Scotland.
The rest comes from reservoirs, lakes, and rivers.
Speaking before his speech, Bevan told the Guardian that action needs to be taken urgently to avoid the: 'We need water wastage to be as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby or throwing your plastic bags into the sea.'
He also outlined potential methods of avoiding the disaster.
Bevan said that people need to cut water use by a third while water companies need to to cut down leakage from their pipes by 50 per cent.
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