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Welsh Water spends an extra £150,000 in water environment projects

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water is investing a further £150,000 of funding for non-profit organisations to help improve the quality of Welsh rivers, lakes and wetlands.

Reducing phosphates in Snowdonia's Llyn Padern was among six projects that have received fundingReducing phosphates in Snowdonia's Llyn Padern was among six projects that have received funding

The initial £400,000 scheme, launched by Welsh Water last summer, was created to match a fund operated by the Natural Resources Wales (NRW). The scheme aims to help implement the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) within Welsh Water’s supply area.

To date, six projects have been approved to receive funding including;

  • £41,000 to the Loving our Lake project of the Snowdonia Active which aims to reduce phosphates in Llyn Padarn
  • £75,000 to the Monmouthshire Olway and Trothy project of the Wye & Usk Foundation which aims to reduce the adverse impact of agriculture in the catchments
  • £75,000 to the Upper Tywi Catchment Restoration Project of the Carmarthenshire Rivers Trust to reduce acidification
  • £1,000 to the Alun and Chwiler Living Landscapes Scoping project of the North Wales Wildlife Trust
  • £70,000 to the River Schools educational programme by Groundwork North Wales to raise awareness about the river environment
  • £100,000 to the Clear Streams Swansea project to reduce surface water entering the sewerage network and changes attitudes and behaviour towards the water environment

Tony Harrington, Welsh Water’s Director of Environment, said: “This will support on the ground and in the water projects that improve the health of the water environment within the Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water supply area.

"The funding will be targeted at waters or protected areas that are failing to reach objectives under the Water Framework Directive, and have links to our assets or operations.

“The projects funded so far show Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s ambitions toward a new way of working in partnership with other organisations and has secured other funding for each project from third parties."

Author: Maureen Gaines, Editor, WET News Find on Google+
Topic: Drinking water quality
Tags: Wales , funding , Water Framework Directive , catchment management

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