Farm Business Update 2014: Essex TFC, Essex and Suffolk Water

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Farm Business Update 2014: Essex TFC, Essex and Suffolk Water

  1. 1. 1 Farming and drinking water Teresa Meadows Chelmer and Blackwater Catchment Advisor Essex & Suffolk Water Farm Business Update 4th February 2014
  2. 2. 2 Farming and drinking water • Water quality update • Role for catchment approaches • Current initiatives • What does it mean for you?
  3. 3. 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. 4. 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. 5. 5 Where are we now? Key water quality issues • Pesticides – metaldehyde, clopyralid, propyzamide, carbetamide • Nutrients – nitrate, phosphorus • Sediment
  6. 6. 6 Where are we now?
  7. 7. 7 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 01-Jan-04 01-Jan-05 01-Jan-06 01-Jan-07 01-Jan-08 01-Jan-09 01-Jan-10 01-Jan-11 01-Jan-12 01-Jan-13 01-Jan-14 Nitrate(mg/l) Nitrate - River Blackwater at Langford Where are we now?
  8. 8. 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. 9. 9 Abstraction management
  10. 10. 10 Current initiatives / projects • Safeguard Zones • Possible mitigation measures • Risk mapping
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 12 Possible mitigation measures Cultural controls Responsible use Reduce usage Reduced a i formulations Non-metaldehyde products Bunded sprayer filling areas, inc. biobeds/biofilters Rural SuDS Buffer strips Instream treatment WRc report – Oct 2013
  13. 13. 13 Slug trapping
  14. 14. 14 Risk mapping • Field scale risk – • Soil type • Slope • Distance from water • Modification of advice and metaldehyde use in high risk areas
  15. 15. 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. 16. 16 Any questions? Contacts: Chelmer and Blackwater Catchment – Teresa Meadows – 07792 169545 Anglian Water – Simon Eyre – seyre@anglianwater.co.uk Affinity Water – Alister Leggatt - alister.leggatt@affinitywater.co.uk

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