Meet a Member: Severn Trent Water

About us:

The Severn Trent Catchment Team aims to reduce water quality risks in our catchments by working with farmers, landowners and other key stakeholders such as the Environment Agency, Natural England and Rivers Trusts. We are especially interested in pesticides, nutrients, colour and bacteriological loading to water. More recently we turning our attention to urban water environments too. We aim to make land managers and communities more aware of their impact on water quality and promote / support best practices and ‘water friendly’ alternatives to improve water quality. This is turn helps reduce the need for expensive and energy consuming treatment processes. We offer a range of grants, advice and training to land managers to encourage changes in land management.

Our challenges:

Keeping up with changes in pesticide use, understanding where pesticide issues are coming from and trying to plan for the uncertain impact of Brexit and climate change represent significant challenges. In addition, as a water company and not a regulator we rely on farmers choosing to work with us – we can’t make them!

Managing the expectations of our regulators and directors can also be a challenge – holistic catchment management is the way we should be managing our systems but working alongside communities and businesses in a dynamic environment has inherent uncertainties.

 

Our expertise:

The team has a diverse range of environmental specialisms from agricultural, wetlands, to phosphate socks, environmental modelling, environmental stewardship, biodiversity and environmental regulation.

What turns a normal working day into a great day?

Seeing our ‘Farming for Water’ vision come to life through innovative schemes which reward land
managers for going above and beyond to benefit biodiversity and the water environment.
A happy team, building mutually beneficial relationships with farmers and other land managers.
Seeing the ambitions of our business become greener and more catchment focused.

Did you know…….?

We’ve worked with over 2500 farmers in the Severn Trent region, signed up 46000 ha to our schemes, offered 1300 farmers grants and disposed of 16 tonnes of unwanted / illegal pesticides anonymously.

What it means to be a member of The Amenity Forum.

It’s a great opportunity for us to engage with organisations outside of the agricultural community but who have a common interest in best practice and improved standards around pesticide use.