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Farm Business Update 2014 presentation of Suffolk Water taken from the Lavenham Event.

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Farm Business Update 2014: Lavenham, Essex and Suffolk Water Farm Business Update 2014: Lavenham, Essex and Suffolk Water Presentation Transcript

  • 1 Farming and drinking water Claire Lorenc Catchment Team Leader Essex & Suffolk Water Farm Business Update - Lavenham 13th February 2014
  • 2 Farming and drinking water • Water quality update • Role for catchment approaches • Current initiatives • What does it mean for you?
  • 3 Water company water supply areas Anglian Water – • 4.3m customers Essex & Suffolk Water – • 1.8m customers Affinity Water – • 3.3m customers Cambridge Water – • 315,000 customers
  • 4 Water company obligations • To supply ‘wholesome’ water • Meet stringent drinking water quality standards • Find a balance of solutions for each affected treatment works, at a cost acceptable to customers and economic regulator
  • 5 Where are we now? Key water quality issues • Pesticides – metaldehyde, clopyralid, propyzamide, carbetamide • Nutrients – nitrate, phosphorus • Sediment
  • 6 Where are we now?
  • 7 Where are we now?
  • 8 The role for catchment approaches? • Will need to use all available options • Treatment – • Ion exchange (nitrate removal) • Ozonation & Granular Activated Carbon • Abstraction management – • Limited scope • Blending – • Nitrates, pesticides • Catchment management……….
  • 9 Abstraction management
  • 10 Current initiatives / projects • Safeguard Zones • Possible mitigation measures • Risk mapping
  • 11 Safeguard Zones • Areas where land use is known to reduce water quality in rivers used for drinking water supply • Actions targeted to improve water quality • www.wiyby.co.uk Screen grab from local wiyby map
  • 12 Possible mitigation measures WRc report – Oct 2013
  • 13 Slug trapping
  • 14 Risk mapping • Field scale risk – • Soil type • Slope • Distance from water • Modification of advice and metaldehyde use in high risk areas
  • 15 What does this mean for you? • Check if you farm in a drinking water catchment – www.wiyby.co.uk • Follow Tried & Tested, MSG & VI best practice advice – www.nutrientmanagement.org www.getpelletwise.org.uk – www.voluntaryinitiative.org.uk • Consider field by field risk on your farm – • Test slug pressure by trapping • High run-off risk = cracking clay soils, under-drains, sloping fields, bordered by ditches & watercourses • Consider additional measures in highest risk fields • Don’t forget the farmyard • CSF / Water Company Advisor help available
  • 16 Any questions? Contacts: Anglian Water – Simon Eyre – seyre@anglianwater.co.uk Essex & Suffolk Water – Claire Lorenc – claire.lorenc@nwl.co.uk Affinity Water – Alister Leggatt - alister.leggatt@affinitywater.co.uk