Southern Water is offering capital grants of up to £10,000 per holding per year for new machinery and infrastructure improvements to help reduce the risk of water pollution from farming in our drinking water catchments. Grants are capped at 50% of the total cost – see map attached for eligible areas.
Priority will be given to items that reduce nitrate losses, however, farms may also apply for other machinery or infrastructure to reduce losses of pesticides, soils, animal wastes or other agro-chemicals. Items that have already been considered for funding include:
- Bunded sprayer filling area linked to a biofilter (or biobed)
- Machinery to establish over-winter cover crops
- Secure, bunded spray store
- Replacement agricultural fuel tanks
They are also keen to hear if anyone has any new and innovative ideas to protect our aquifer.
Southern Water can also offer free, confidential advice from an independent consultant on a range of topics. This could include advice on the design and operation of a new sprayer facility or a farm infrastructure audit (an overview of all the buildings in the yard and how they are used).
To find out more email Robin Kelly, Southern Water Catchment Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.