Climate change is a significant issue in the South East because global warming is leading to changes in our weather with an increased threat of droughts and flooding.
The Met Office has stated that each of the last three decades has been successively warmer than any other preceding decade in the instrumental record, and 16 of the 17 warmest years on record have occurred since the year 2001.
The sea is predicted to rise by one metre this century, exposing millions more people to flooding, and, by 2080, annual rainfall in the South East could drop by half.
We're making plans to cope with the increased threat of droughts and flooding to ensure there are sufficient water supplies to go round and reduce the risk of sewer flooding to homes and gardens.
The water industry accounts for nearly 1% of the UK greenhouse gas emissions and has an important role to play in reducing emissions in order to meet the UK target of reducing greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050.
In addition the water sector in the UK is aiming for net zero emissions by 2030.
The multi-national Nereus partnership enables Southern Water to work closely with others and access crucial data, technical results and provide market-leading information on nutrient recovery technology.
This includes water, wastewater and academic institutes from across Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the UK.
This Europe-wide learning will help support wider trials with studies, technology assessment and selection, monitoring and analysis of all site trials.
Results from five of the partners carrying out trials will feed into an online support tool which will be developed by three academic institutes, including the University of Portsmouth.
The final tool will help decision-makers on technologies, policies, regulations and locations when considering options for energy, water and nutrient recovery at decentralised urban wastewater sites.