Midlands water company Severn Trent has urged farmers to look ahead and plan for the potentially dry summer weeks to come.
The water company has said that their aim is to protect the quality of their water supply, but with the fair weather due to continue, they are urging farmers to assess their water management systems early, to prevent shortages later down the line.
Dr Jodie Rettino, Severn Trent catchment and biodiversity lead, pointed out that small changes can make all the difference, from changing a leaking tap to using rainwater storage bowsers.
“In times of water shortage, farms fall into the third emergency category, behind emergency services and residences, so those farms in areas that are prone to water related issues are encouraged to build their own resilience,” she commented.
Severn Trent is inviting farmers to apply for the Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS) funding through their extended grant scheme which is now open for applications to receive a £5,000 of match funded grant. Applications for the grant are open until 22 June.
Dr Rettino added: “. “The scheme is open to farmers in priority catchments who can choose from a specially selected pre-defined list of water quality options, including rainwater harvesting equipment.”
How to apply for STEPS:
- Find out if you’re in a priority catchment www.stwater.co.uk/catchment
- Read the STEPS options list to find out about the available options www.stwater.co.uk/steps
- If needed, speak to your local agricultural advisor for support
- Submit your application between 15 May and 22 June www.stwater.co.uk/steps