Severn Trent supports Angling Trust Riverfest Final

Thursday 1st November 2018

Severn Trent is supporting this year’s Riverfest angling competition, with the final taking place in Shrewsbury for the first time this weekend.

This will be the first time the final has been able to take place on the River Severn, thanks to improvements made to the River by a number of agencies, including the company.

Thomas Reeves from Severn Trent said: “As a keen angler myself, I know just how important it is that our regions rivers are kept healthy, so that fish and other wildlife can live and breed.

“We’re passionate about the environment at Severn Trent, which is why it’s so important that we invest and constantly work to improve the quality of our treated waste water that goes back into the river.”

Since 2012, Severn Trent has invested over £28 million on work across its waste water treatment sites that discharge into the River Severn, all of which has helped improve the quality of the water and the biodiversity. Going forward, the company has also committed to helping clean up more than 2,000km of riverbank across it’s region.

“It’s fantastic that the competition’s grand final is now able to take place on the River Severn, and we’re proud to be able to support it,” adds Thomas. “As well as investing at our sites that discharge into the River Severn, last year we launched our Community Champions scheme, which has seen volunteers help clean up stretches of the River Severn, which also helps make a massive difference to the quality of the rivers that run through our region.”

Competition creator and Angling Trust Ambassador Dave Harrell said:  “Everyone is looking forward to the final, which is at Shrewsbury for the first time. The venue has been fishing really well and holds a huge amount of fish, which proves that the quality of the river water is excellent. This final wouldn’t be possible without the excellent work of Severn Trent. and on behalf of all the competitors a big thank you goes to everyone concerned in making this possible.”