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South to pump water from the rainy North

The Wet Sleddale reservoir near Shap in Cumbria 

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Britain’s water companies are working on new plans to pipe water from the mountains of Wales and the rainy North of England to densely populated regions in the South.

The plans could help to avoid expensive infrastructure investments such as building new reservoirs or desalination plants, which experts say will be needed to keep taps running in the South East. An alliance of southern ­water companies, including Thames Water and Southern Water, told a committee of MPs this week that it is in talks with two other regional groups to transfer supplies from the North to the South via the river Severn.

Trevor Bishop, who organises the Water Resources South East (WRSE) group, said the project is designed…

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