Water monitoring stations go green

River monitoring stations are installing environmentally-friendly improvements in an effort to cut their carbon footprints.

The stations, in Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, are run by the Environment Agency.

In the region the agency refers to as the ‘west area’ its hydrometry and telemetry teams will be installing solar and wind power on river monitoring stations.

Information from the stations is used to produce vital flood warnings to people across the Midlands and surrounding areas.

Hydrometry and telemetry officer, Rob Davies, said: “We are working hard to make where we live and work a better place, and to be more sustainable so we use less of the planet’s non-renewable resources.

“This is a great example of what can be done by an organisation to reduce its impact on the environment and save money at the same time.”

Mr Davies also explained the new solar and wind power installations replace alkaline batteries the manufacture and transport of which contributes to climate change.

They also have a limited life and, at the end of their working lives they need to be disposed of at a specialist facility.

Luke Walsh

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