Welsh Water raises investment to improve quality of rivers and wetlands
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) is investing a further £150,000 into environmental projects that aim to improve the quality of Welsh rivers, lakes and wetlands.
Adding to an initial £400,000 made available in 2012, the investment scheme will help implement the European Union’s Water Framework Directive (WFD) within Welsh Water’s supply area.
The EU directive aims to improve and ensure good quality of rivers, lakes, transitional waters, and coastal waters in all member states of the European Union.
Since the EU’s announcement, the Independent Environment Advisory Panel has been advising DCWW on the merits of projects submitted for funding.
DCWW’s director of environment, Tony Harrington 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,” he added.
The water company has funded six projects to date, many of which will work within communities.
Harrington said: “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.
“We hope this will encourage innovative projects to help deliver long-lasting environmental improvements for future generations to enjoy.”