SERG has secured funding to model domestic water demand under drought scenarios as part of the new NERC funded ‘IMPETUS‘ project. The project, to be lead by the University of Reading will start in June 2014 and run for 3 years. It is aiming to combine meteorological and hydrological models to produce drought ‘forecasts’ for a selection of catchment areas in England up to 2035.
The SERG work, which will be led by Dr Ben Anderson, will use a combination of survey and census data to develop domestic water demand microsimulation models for these catchments. The models will respond to the drought forecasts produced by the combined meteorological and hydrological models and will also develop scenarios for drought reduction through a range of water efficiency measures as well as changes in habits and practices.