The project aims to develop sustainable, catchment-scale solutions for the protection of rivers and lakes, which are the main sources of the shared drinking water.
Source to Tap will deliver a learning and outreach programme. This will be targeted at informing and empowering the public about their role in protecting our clean and healthy freshwater environment.
Source to Tap will pilot best-practice forestry and peatland land management measures. It will deliver an Agricultural Land Incentive Scheme focused on changing land management practices for the protection of our water.
These best practice measures will be brought together to form a Sustainable Catchment Area Management Plan (known as a SCAMP), so what is learned, and what is successful, can be replicated in other drinking water catchments in Ireland, the UK and beyond.
The project runs from 2017 to 2022 and is funded by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland, and the Department for Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) in Ireland. It is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
Northern Ireland Water, Irish Water, Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute, East Border Region, Ulster University & The Rivers Trust.