Our huge region stretches from the Humber estuary, north of Grimsby, to the Thames estuary, and from Buckinghamshire to Lowestoft on the east coast. Our coastline is around 1,257 kilometres and 112,833 kilometres of water and sewer pipes supply and transport water across some 27,500 square kilometres. If we laid them end to end, they would take us a quarter of the way to the moon.
Compared to other regions, we have a high proportion of flat and low-lying areas, including The Fens in Cambridgeshire and the Norfolk Broads. A quarter of our region lies below sea level which means we are acutely aware of the risk of flooding. And with so few hills providing gravity, we have to use more energy to pump water from place to place.
Because of our region’s size, we run more water and water recycling treatment works than elsewhere - 1,257 - which is around a quarter of all the works in England and Wales. This ensures the recycled water we return to nature passes strict quality standards set by law and our regulators.
We’re also one of the driest regions in the country; with just 600 millimetres of rain each year, we receive on average, a third less than the rest of England. In fact some areas have lower annual rainfall than Jerusalem which is why it’s vital to look after the water we’ve got.
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