Upstream Thinking is South West Water's flagship programme of environmental improvements aimed at improving water quality in river catchments in order to reduce water treatment costs.
It is one of the first programmes in the UK to look at all the issues which can influence water quality and quantity across entire catchments.
Removing pollutants at water treatment works involves using costly chemicals and so the aim of the Upstream Thinking projects is to help improve land management so that water quality and quantity is improved at source, long before it reaches our works.
Upstream Thinking is being implemented in all the key river catchments in our region, starting with the Exe, the Tamar, the Fowey, the River Otter and in West Penwith.
Upstream Thinking is a South West Water initiative supported by several key partners. For more information, see the Upstream Thinking website.
The current projects funded through Upstream Thinking are: