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Category: Water Sustainability

Nitrates and Phosphates: The Effects on Water Quality

Nitrates and Phosphates

Over the past 50 years, there has been a constant trend towards greater intensification and higher agricultural productivity, and this has been accompanied by a significant increase in the use of inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus in fertilisers. In recent years, in order to address the resultant excessive levels of these chemicals found in waterways and mitigate the effects on water quality, measures to reduce and control their use have been implemented. Water Quality Problems Caused by Nitrates and Phosphates Nitrate…

Catchment Management: Farming and Water Quality

Catchment Management

Climate Change and Water Management It may be obvious to say that as climate change brings changes in temperature, rainfall intensity and patterns and rises in sea-level, the water industry will be heavily impacted. Some of these impacts such as more frequent droughts and floods are relatively easy to see and plan for, while others are harder to predict, for example, changes to peak demand. Water companies spend billions each year on infrastructure and services, managing more than 16 billion…

Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS)

Severn Trent

As part of a five-year investment plan running from 2015 – 2020, Severn Trent Water (STW) invites farmers to apply for grants of up to £5000, under the Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS). These grants are for changes to land management and infrastructure projects and aim to support improvements that go beyond agricultural good practice, in order to protect and improve watercourses, as well as the wider environment. Severn Trent Application process The Severn Trent grant application process is…

Flood Prevention Grants

Water management - Flood Management

Applications for the Flood Prevention Grants close 15 February 2017 Defra and Natural England are extending availability to apply for flood prevention grants in response to required actions outlined in Flood Action Plans in response to the storms in Dec 2015. Flood Prevention Grants The flood prevention grants are part of the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund with up to £720,000 available to encourage groups of farmers, foresters, and other land managers to develop natural flood management defenses on their land.…

Biofilm Prevention & Removal

biofilm

Life Cycle of Biofilm?          Each number corresponds with a stage in biofilm development. The photomicrographs are of an actual Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm.   Biofilm Basics Contrary to common belief, most bacteria are not “free living” – instead, they live in a self-sustaining community where they cooperate with other bacteria and are largely protected from outside influences. This is properly known as a “Biofilm” although most people would recognise it as “slime”. This makes up a large…

Agricultural Water Management with Water Treatment

Agricultural Water Management

Agricultural Water Management Agrismart has developed a complete agricultural water management solution as an alternative to mains water. With the effects of climate change and increased demand both affecting water availability and driving up costs, Agrismart has developed a complete alternative to mains. Agrismart is keen to cut farm inputs, improve efficiency and increase profits. As well as providing sustainability, self-sufficiency & freedom from mains water supply, which also supports the issue of water shortage.…

What is Rainwater Harvesting?

What is Rainwater Harvesting? Rainwater harvesting is using natural resources to your advantage. We pay a fortune for mains water to be supplied to our farms without considering the other options available to supply water. In essence, we are paying for something we already have an abundance of all over the UK. Rain hits our roofs, goes down the gutter and straight down the drain. That is your money just being washed away while you continue to pay for a different…