Water is precious to our environment and the wildlife that roams it, so with National Wildlife Day occurring earlier this month on 4th September, we thought we would take a look and see what the water utility sector is doing to protect it.
South West Water has invested £26 million and made significant upgrades, including improving key combined sewer outflows (CSO’s) across Plymouth, removing surface water from the sewerage networks in Cattledown and increasing stormwater storage capacity in Stonehouse.
South West Water’s senior project manager, Mike Court, said: “South West Water’s PR14 Business Plan included proposed improvements at a number of CSOs in Plymouth. At that stage, it was anticipated that a conventional approach to CSO spill improvements would be taken by providing stormwater attenuation facilities at multiple locations across the city.”
You can out more about this investment here: https://wwtonline.co.uk/news/innovative-bathing-water-quality-approach-pays-off-for-sww
Working with communities and partners, South West Water are looking at innovative and sustainable ways to manage the amount of surface water that enters the sewer network.
As the amount of impermeable surfaces increases, the amount of surface water is also increasing, putting sewer networks under pressure. Surface water comes from the rainwater from roofs, roads and other hard or ‘impermeable’ surfaces. Reducing surface water will help to reduce the risk of sewer flooding to homes and businesses, and protect the environment from pollution.
Find out more about the Downstream Thinking programme: https://www.southwestwater.co.uk/environment/sustainable-drainage/
Essex has joined the Refill revolution and people are now able to fill up their water bottles for free at cafes, bars, restaurants and other businesses across the county – reducing reliance on single-use plastic bottles. Refill is a national initiative led by plastic pollution campaign group City to Sea, and is being delivered by Essex & Suffolk Water in partnership with the Essex Waste Partnership.
Businesses are encouraged to get involved by signing up to the free Refill app and putting a sticker in their window to alert passers-by that they are welcome to fill up their bottles for free. The Refill app also lets people know where their nearest Refill station is while they are on the move.
Natalie Fee, founder of City to Sea, the organisation which is the driving force behind the Refill scheme, said: “Refill puts the power to stop plastic pollution in people′s hands – it′s a fantastically easy way to reduce your plastic consumption and save money at the same time. Businesses can add themselves to the app too and help create the wave of change needed to keep plastic bottles out of our oceans!”
If you would like to know more about this scheme, visit: https://www.eswater.co.uk/media-centre/3190_5322.aspx
Northumbrian Water has announced a £2 million investment in waterways, as well as four ambitious goals featured in a five-year plan to improve the environment. By 2025 the water company aims to be a leader in the sustainable use of natural resources through achieving zero avoidable waste and to be carbon neutral by 2027. It also promises to have zero pollutions as a result of its operations and have the best beaches and rivers in the country.
The £2 million earmarked for investment in waterways is ‘The Improving the Water Environment Scheme’, which will provide money and staff support that will contribute to improvements to rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands, beaches and coastline.
You can find out more about Northumbrian Water’s plan here: https://www.nwl.co.uk/media-centre/611_7806.aspx
For the first time, Northumbrian Water has provided a ‘mobile sheep handling system′ to help protect the raw water sources into Catcleugh reservoir, ensuring people in the area continue to receive top quality tap water.
Working with Northumberland Wildlife Trust at Whitelee Moor Nature Reserve and tenant farmer, Bob Hindmarsh, Northumbrian Water identified that rainwater running across the farmyard where sheep were held, was flowing directly into the River Rede. The new portable sheep pen, provided by the water firm, will allow the farmer to hold the sheep out in the field when it comes to tasks like shearing and medicating, avoiding the build-up of waste on the hard-standing shed area.
Take a closer look at this innovative new system: https://www.nwl.co.uk/media-centre/611_7867.aspx