Green Recovery

We are already investing £387m between 2020 and 2025 on storm overflow improvements and minimising our impact on rivers, and in July 2020, our regulators and some Government departments set water companies the challenge of helping the country's green economic recovery from the pandemic. 

From this we've created our £566m Green Recovery programme - the biggest investment of any water company in our green future. 

The Green Recovery programme will ensure we deliver a number of creative ‘green’ initiatives across our region, with two key projects focussing on river quality improvements and reducing flooding and the use of storm overflows.

The area is also an important rural community with development planned to meet its future needs  -  stakeholders in the planning process including the Environment Agency and Natural England want to be confident that this can be achieved without compromising the river’s restoration before development can go ahead.

Restoring the river and ensuring the needs of the local community are met requires a coordinated approach, so we’ve been working with the Environment Agency, Natural England and Shropshire County Council as part of the Strategic Clun Liaison Group. The group aims to build on the tree planting and work to encourage sustainable farming practices already undertaken in the catchment, and we have proposals in train for us to go beyond the 75% reduction in phosphates initially identified.

The Clun catchment is one of three SAC’s in our region that cover sections of rivers. Like the Clun, we’re also working with stakeholders including the Environment Agency and Natural England on plans for the River Mease in Leicestershire, and the Rivers Wye and Dove in the Peak District.

Having already invested around £50m in upgrading our treatment works across all three catchments to reduce the impact of phosphates, we’re planning further investment to make sure that we’re playing our part in protecting them.

"Our rivers and freshwater habitats are polluted as a result of human activities including how we treat water and the ways in which we manage land. We are facing an ecological emergency with 15% of all UK wildlife under threat from extinction and our rivers are a critical factor in this. We must act urgently to support nature’s recovery before it’s too late. We therefore welcome Severn Trent’s Get River Positive Campaign and look forward to working with them to help clean up our rivers for the benefit of wildlife and people."
Ian Jelley, Director of Living Landscapes at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust