Dealing with the source not the symptoms
Catchment management involves us working with local farmers in the catchment areas of public water supply boreholes and reservoirs.
The methods we use include data sharing, advice, practical help and compensation, where appropriate.
Between 2015 and 2020 the catchment team will cover 20 at risk catchments across our region including:
- 15 groundwater sites for nitrate (one of these for pesticides as well)
- five reservoirs at risk from pesticides (including metaldehyde) and nutrients which encourage excessive algal growth.
In addition, our Streamclean team works in urban areas to reduce environmental pollution by tracing and rectifying misconnections.
As a result of this work we've not had to install treatment at any of the sites where we engage in catchment management – nor do we have any plans to do so.
We are now developing our work in other areas including a major new project to offset nitrate entering Poole Harbour from Dorchester sewage treatment works.
Reporting on our work
For the last two years we have produced a catchment report outlining work to improve the water environment as well as activity related to biodiversity, waste management and greenhouse gas emissions.
We have also produced an interactive map that profiles projects in each catchment