Value of clean upland water for South West Water

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Second presentation by Dr David Smith to Agricultural Law Association Meeting, Exeter, 26 February 2013

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Value of clean upland water for South West Water

  1. 1. ALA South West Regional Meeting 26th February 2013 The value of clean sustainable water supplies from uplandcatchments to South West Water Dr David Smith, Exmoor Mires Project Manager
  2. 2. Future Challenges for the continuedsupply of drinking water from themoorlands of Devon, Somerset andCornwall
  3. 3. Climate change effects
  4. 4. Peat and sediment from moorland erosion
  5. 5. Drought and wildfire risks
  6. 6. Pump storage of Reservoirs
  7. 7. Upstream Thinking solutionValuing clean water provision
  8. 8. Investment in Ecosystem Services • Upstream Thinking is investment in the Regulating Services – carbon storage, water, flood and drought protection, biodiversity • Approx £10m invested in the 2010-15 period • £3m of this is in upland peatland restoration • More investment planned for 2015-20 • Commitment to revenue payments to the provider post 2015 (backdated for early adopters)
  9. 9. Cost to customers? 60p on bills by 2015
  10. 10. South West Water is working with… • Farmers and land owners, Natural England, Environment Agency, English Heritage, Drinking Water Inspectorate, Ofwat, South West Lakes Trust • SW Uplands Taskforce, the NFU and the CLA • Westcountry Rivers Trust; CSF and HLS • 9 Universities and education providers • Devon Wildlife Trust & Cornwall Wildlife Trust • Exmoor & Dartmoor National Park Authorities, Counties and Unitaries • Biodiversity South West and Nature Map
  11. 11. PES: clean and constant moorland water
  12. 12. PES: carbon capture and storage
  13. 13. PES: Grazing support – food and habitat

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