Environment

At Anglian Water we’re always striving to find new and better ways to look after and preserve your water, your environment and your region. Our work ranges from promoting our water saving tips, supporting biodiversity and developing renewable energies to the careful management of our recreational parks and nature reserves, all of which serve to help protect and support our wildlife. Here’s a summary of some of the great things we do…

 

Water saving

Our water is precious and to ensure there is enough for everyone we promote water saving initiatives, such as reducing the amount of water wasted through things like avoidable leaks, making better use of rainwater and reducing the amount of time spent in the shower.

 

Biodiversity

We take our responsibility to protect and enhance the wildlife across the East of England very seriously. Our biodiversity strategy supports this by outlining key partnerships we have with the Wildlife Trust, Keep Britain Tidy and the British Trust for Ornithology. We also fund projects to help individual species including Osprey, Nightingales and the Pool Frog.

 

Plastics Pledge

In 2018 we became the first water company to commit to rid our region of plastic pollution by 2030. It’s a big challenge, but we know it’s an important issue to our customers and it’s in line with our purpose to bring environmental and social prosperity to our region, so we’ve made it a priority.

 

Pollution prevention

We protect our rivers and waterways by recycling used water from homes and businesses and safely returning it to the environment. We strive to operate in a way that minimises risk to the environment and abide by strict Environment Agency (EA) regulations.

 

RiverCare/ BeachCare volunteering programme

In 2001, we set up and funded RiverCare and BeachCare in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy. The programme brings together 'friends of' and community groups, canoe clubs, residents’ associations and neighbourhoods – all with a common goal, to improve their local river or beach environment.

 

Our wonderful supporters adopt a stretch of their local watercourse or beach and carry out a range of activities including litter picking, removal of non-native species, wildlife surveying and monitoring, habitat management and restoration.

 

Renewable energy and carbon management

We’re working hard to minimise our impact on the environment by reducing our carbon emissions and proud to say we’re on track to become net-zero by 2030. We’re currently generating around 30% of our own energy from renewable sources like bio-resources, wind and solar power which is significantly reducing carbon emissions. Our target is to hit 44% over the next five years.

 

We’ve exceeded our 2020 goals and have driven down our capital carbon by 61% and operational carbon by 34%. We have had our best year yet as we generated 12.4GWh in March 2021 - our highest monthly GWh total since records began and we are forecasting a further increase next year.

 

Surface water management

With climate change making heavy downpours and the risk of flooding more likely, we’re constantly looking at sustainable ways to manage where the rain lands and managing surface water to ensure our region is resilient enough to deal with heavy rainfall.

 

Catchment management

How we're helping improve all UK waters while putting communities at the heart of protecting and managing their local environment.