The Millennium Development Goals recognised the need to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water. Dams will be needed to meet these demands and we must strive to find ways to build dams that minimise the environmental changes and socioeconomic impacts.
Dams and the benefits that result from water supply, flood alleviation, irrigation, and hydropower cannot be dismissed.
The UK will also need more dams or increased storage resulting from the raising of dams. Again, while minimising the effect on the environment, I would make a plan that we streamline our consultation and approval processes to ensure that we can provide the infrastructure that this country needs in a timely manner.
DR ANDY HUGHES, Dams and Reservoirs, Atkins, Woodcote Grove, Ashley Road, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5BW