Latest news (Environment)

Exmouth café joins the growing ReFill Revolution to combat pollution from plastic bottles

The Sundowners café in Exmouth is the latest location in Devon to join a growing campaign which reduces pollution from discarded plastic bottles by allowing people to top-up their refillable bottles with free tap water.


South West Water leads ReFill revolution to combat plastic pollution

South West Water is making 3,000 refillable bottles available to communities in Devon and Cornwall in a bid to combat pollution from single-use plastic bottles.


Wildlife and water benefits from peatland restoration on Bodmin Moor

Snipe, curlew, dragonflies and sphagnum mosses are just some of the species that will benefit from recent restoration work carried out on Bodmin Moor.


South West Water backs Year of Green Action

An action-packed programme of environmental events open to staff and members of the public is planned by South West Water this year.


Protected species thrive at Burrator thanks to batty volunteers

An eight-year project to install and monitor bat boxes at Burrator reservoir has provided valuable insight into the activities and preferences of eight protected species.


Devon’s ‘largest ever’ fatberg discovered in Sidmouth sewer

An unwanted Christmas present of hardened fat, oil and wet-wipes longer than six double-decker buses, has been discovered in a Sidmouth sewer under The Esplanade. 


South West Water champions ReFill revolution to reduce litter from single-use plastic bottles

South West Water is behind a national campaign by water companies to make tap water more freely available, helping to reduce litter from single-use plastic bottles and keeping people healthy and hydrated when out and about.


Tiny mite could prove a ‘mighty’ weapon in the fight against one of the UK’s most invasive weeds

Scientists are stepping up the fight against one of the UK’s most invasive non-native aquatic weeds and an old garden favourite.


Explore behind the scenes at South West Water this September

South West Water is inviting the public to explore behind the scenes during England’s largest celebration of culture and heritage. The company is offering an exciting opportunity to explore local heritage sites including England’s first hydro-electricity station and a pumping station which operates underneath the feet of beach...


Gold award for sustainable rain garden

Image credits: RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Devon garden designer Tom Simpson has struck gold with his first show garden supported by South West Water at the first day of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show yesterday (Monday 3 July). The South West Water Green Garden showcases attributes of a sustainable rain garden,...


Combating plastic pollution

Press release issued by Polzeath Marine Conservation group: The popular Cornish resort, Polzeath, has taken a major step to stop plastic bottles being discarded on its beach by installing a drinking water refill point on its seafront - the first in the country to do so. There will be an official opening ceremony at 3pm on April 7 by...


Exmouth pilots new ways to reduce flooding

   An underground rain water harvesting tank being installed in Exmouth Residents in Exmouth are playing a part in a pilot scheme to reduce the risk of flooding by participating in an innovative rainwater harvesting project funded by South West Water.