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Help us to shape the future
We work with farmers in 15 groundwater catchments shown on the map below:
Each catchment has been designated a Drinking Water Safeguard Zone by the Environment Agency. Within these zones certain substances must be managed carefully to prevent the pollution of raw water in sources that are used to provide drinking water.
We work with the farmers inside the safeguard zone to:
We also work with some farms with fields outside of the safeguard zones but within the wider Poole Harbour catchment. Find out more about the Poole Harbour nitrogen offsetting project.
The graph below shows the nitrate trend at Eagle Lodge source before and after catchment management commenced.
"Wessex Water takes a very proactive approach by working with farmers to improve water quality. By helping to measure soil indices, soil mineral nitrogen, muck testing and so on farmers are better able to manage inputs for both economic and environmental advantage,” Joe Foot, farmer, Weymouth.
For more information about groundwater catchment management please email Tim Stephens, senior catchment adviser (groundwater).