We're really keen to work with farmers and land managers to reduce risks to drinking water.
Catchment management is the concept of managing the water environment as a whole in a particular catchment region, taking into account the needs of all stakeholders that access that water resource. For water companies it represents an alternative to conventional, capital-intensive treatment solutions by focusing instead on working with land owners and other stakeholders to tackle problems at source, rather than just treat the symptoms.
As part of our £21 million plan for the next 5 years (2015 – 2020), the STW catchment team run a number of schemes for farmers:
- Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS) - farmer grants of up to £5000 per farm for infrastructure investments and land management changes to protect or improve drinking water quality. Farmers as Producers of Clean Water (FaPCW) - support to help manage levels of metaldehyde in drinking water. Metaldehyde is the active ingredient found in most slug pellets and is difficult to remove from drinking water.
- Pesticide training and amnesty
- Specialised advice visits Slug pelletor and fertiliser spreader calibration
- Farm to Tap - focusing on managing pesticides and the other impacts of diffuse water pollution that comes from farms, and other land users.