We have set up a new Water Stewardship Service to help businesses work together to deliver sustainable solutions for water.
The Water Stewardship Service enables businesses to work effectively with the 108 catchment partnerships to implement on the ground activities that contribute to the sustainability of both the water environment and the businesses involved.
The service provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for businesses who want to be good water stewards, with the tools, knowledge and local expertise.
What is the Water Stewardship Service?
Brokering – linking business to their local catchments groups and encouraging collaborative action.
Mapping supply chains – identifying opportunities for improvements in supply chains.
Solutions – identifying the best ways to address issues.
Practical action – providing targeted and tailored farm advice through trusted local advisers.
Monitoring & Reporting – providing regular reports on progress.
Staff/Community Engagement – providing opportunities for local volunteering / away days and media.
Examples of recent projects and partners:
Asda: reducing agricultural run-off
Take a look at the following case studies to find out how we’ve been working with Asda to reduce agricultural run-off:
- Improving water quality on the Elveden Estate by using silt traps – Case Study
- Reducing sediment ingress at Broomscot Common, Norfolk – Case Study
Intercontinental Hotel Group: engaging staff in water management.
Through the Water Stewardship Service, the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), has developed a web portal to help IHG staff to understand the pressures on their local rivers and the steps they can take to be good water stewards.
Here’s an example of a website we created for IHG so they could learn more about their local river and how they could reduce their impact on rivers:
Courtauld 2025: collective action on water
The Water Stewardship Service has been helping signatories of the Courtauld 2025 to meet their commitment to work collectively to improve water quality and availability of water, in key sourcing areas in the UK, to address water stress.
See below a map of the key areas where we have been implementing the Water Stewardship Service to help water-stressed locations, as well as an infographic about the Courtauld 2025 ambition.
- Wye & Usk Catchment: Agri-food partnership
- East Anglia: CamEO & Broadlands Catchment: Water sensitive farming
- Medway Catchment: Holistic approach for water management in polytunnels
The Water Stewardship service can offer support to any businesses who are thinking about becoming AWS certified or those who just want to learn more about becoming a good water stewards, including working with their local catchment partnerships.
If you are interested in learning more about how the service could help your business, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Water Stewardship service is supported by the WaterCo-Governance (WaterCoG) project under the Interreg North Sea Region VB programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.