Severn Trent Services provides water and waste water treatment and operating services to utilities, municipalities and commercial customers. The company was founded in 1974 as a regional, state-owned water authority, responsible for water supply management, and waste water treatment and disposal. Now, as a private company, Severn Trent Water has invested heavily in replacing and repairing its assets and infrastructure. As well as complying with government legislation it set its own internal standards on issues such as public health, leakage reduction and the cleanliness of rivers and other water sources in its catchment region.
If you live in a Severn Trent priority catchment, you could be making money from the quality of your water.
Our Farm to Tap scheme (previously called Farmers as Producers of Clean Water) helps you to manage and minimise the impact pesticides have on water pollution.
Your agricultural advisor will work with you to find the best solution for your farm, such as switching to ferric phosphate for some of your applications.
You can earn up to £8/ha for improving on-farm water quality based on fortnightly samples taken from September to early December that show reduced levels of metaldehyde.
To be eligible you need to be growing winter wheat and/or OSR this autumn within one of the priority catchments.
Alongside financial support, every farmer that signs up will be assisted by their local Severn Trent Agricultural advisors – experts who work with farmers to develop the best solutions in their farms.
To sign up speak to your local Severn Trent agricultural advisor or visit our Farm to Tap web page.
Sign up to Farm to Tap and receive*:
- A £25 bonus if you sign up before 31 August 2018
- £4-£8/ha of eligible land if your metaldehyde concentrations are reduced
- A £100 bonus if your water sampling is below the metaldehyde water quality standard (0.1 ppb)
- An extra £10 for every farmer you refer to the scheme
*Subject to terms and conditions.
See Farm to Tap web page for details.
Early bird and refer a friend bonus
We are offering £25 to every farmer signing up before 31 August, and £10 for every ‘farmer friend’ referral to the scheme. What’s more, we will award £100 for each farmer achieving metaldehyde levels below the water quality standard (0.1ppb).
Doug Mccowan, a wheat, OSR and potato grower from Woodlands Farm, Shropshire who has signed up to the scheme, said: “A responsible approach is the way forward for the industry. Last year metaldehyde levels in my catchment were down to less than 0.1ppb, which meant we got a £100 bonus on top of the £8/ha.
“All in all, it was just over £1,000, which pays for 1.5 applications of ferric phosphate,” he said.
“As an industry we have to be a lot more responsible or we’ll lose out. Stewardship and schemes like Farm to Tap are so important. We need to protect the actives we have and that means using them responsibly. We all have to do our bit.”
Priority catchment areas:
- Lower Derwent*
- Middle Severn
- Saunton Harrold*
- Shropshire Middle Severn
- Whitacre Bourne and Blythe
- Worcestershire Severn
*A variation of the scheme is available to growers located in these areas, contact your local Severn Trent agricultural advisor for further details.