Catchment management

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Pesticide Amnesty launched for farmers in Essex

Anglian Water is offering farmers in Essex the opportunity to get rid of redundant or unapproved pesticides free of charge. A pesticide amnesty is being launched in the county for farms in the Ardleigh Reservoir and River Colne catchment and...

November 8, 2017
Tractor and Drip Tray

Catch a drip in time

Across the East of England, our drinking water comes from two main sources – ground water and/or rivers.  The split between the two is roughly 50/50.  Whatever the original source, one of the biggest risks to the water quality is...

October 5, 2017
Catchment advisors

FAIRWAY Project – working with farmers across Europe to protect our water

It’s been two and a half years since Anglian Water first started conversations with Isobel Wright (University of Lincoln) who had been approached by Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands.  Together they worked to secure EU funding for...

August 4, 2017

“Potatoes are more interesting than you think!”, a week with the Coastal and Catchment team

Anglian Water was recently awarded Business in the Community’s Responsible Business of the Year award. We were going to ask our Head of Sustainability Andy Brown to tell us about some of the environmental work we do which was praised...

July 18, 2017

Horse herbicides – the trouble with buttercups

Let’s talk about buttercups.  Buttercups, thistles, dock leaves, nettles and those massive green leaves that seem to put the heebie-jeebies into my tank-like cob despite seeing them every single summer. We know these green baddies can be the bane of...

February 27, 2017

Got a spare £600million? How water companies are working to tackle the ‘slugs’ of the pesticide world

The slug killing pesticide metaldehyde is to water companies what slugs are to farmers; a costly problem; a £600million problem. That’s how much we estimate it would cost to set up drinking water treatment for slug pellets (metaldehyde) across our...

September 14, 2016

UK’s largest metaldehyde-free farming trial expanded for a second year

The UK’s largest ever metaldehyde-free farming trial has been expanded after successful first year results achieved a 60% drop in levels of the chemical detected in reservoir tributaries. Year two of the Slug It Out campaign will see it extended...

June 14, 2016

Volunteers show how much they care for our rivers and beaches

This week is National Volunteers Week, a time to celebrate the achievements of RiverCare and BeachCare volunteers throughout the region who give up their spare time to protect waterways and coastlines. We are extremely proud of all our employees who...

June 3, 2016

Launching Slug It Out in Rutland

Slug It Out, Anglian Water’s agricultural trial focused on not using metaldehyde based slug pellets on land surrounding drinking water reservoirs was launched on the 10th May at Rutland Water with an event attended by some of the local farmers...

May 12, 2016

Making the slug pellet switch to protect water

Over the past year, Anglian Water and the farmers who manage the land around some of our key reservoirs – along with the agronomists who advise them – have been working together on a trial. The trial is called Slug...

May 4, 2016