Severn Trent and Dee Valley water volunteers spruce up the River Cain

Friday 13th October 2017

Colleagues from Severn Trent and Dee Valley Water united as Community Champions after spending two days volunteering in Powys with The Severn Rivers Trust.

The 22 volunteers worked to improve the River Cain in Llansantffraid, sprucing up the area to benefit both the water course and the environment.

Daniel Laurens, from Severn Trent but who is currently working in Dee Valley, said: “We made a real difference to the area, and it’s great to know that our work will have huge rewards to the local wildlife and community.

“We cut back growth around the river to allow more light to hit the water, and planted new tree’s that will help create a natural sanctuary for wildlife, along with building a holt to encourage otters to nest along the river.”

The Community Champions project aims to clean up to 40 kilometres of rivers in the Severn Trent and Dee Valley region working alongside its partner charities, including The Severn Rivers Trust.

Employees from both companies are given two annual volunteering days of their choice, to help out in their communities.

“It was hard work but everyone really got stuck in,” said Daniel. “It was great for Severn Trent and Dee Valley volunteers to work together on something that’s making a real difference to the local community while also keeping our rivers healthy.”

Together, Severn Trent and Dee Valley provide around 8.1 million customers with drinking water across the Midlands and mid- and north Wales, and around 1,400 employees across both companies have volunteered so far to become Community Champions.