Catchment Management

Catchment Management

Northumbrian Water’s catchment management work aims to prevent deterioration and then improve the quality of water in the rivers and lakes that we abstract from. Preventing deterioration in water quality helps to ensure that the quantity of water available for abstraction is maintained.

River Coquet River Tees River Tyne River Wear

The quality of water in rivers, lakes and groundwater is largely determined by the quality of water draining from and through the land in a catchment and is thus affected by the way the land is used and managed. A challenge faced by Northumbrian Water is that we do not own the majority of the land within the catchments we abstract from, and so we work in partnership with a range of organisations, the farming community and land owners to help influence land management practices.

We are working within four catchments across the North East, focusing on reducing the amount of pesticides, nutrients, colour and sediment entering the rivers, lakes and groundwater.

Our catchment management initiatives work in conjunction with, and support national campaigns and objectives, including the Water Framework Directive, Catchment Sensitive Farming, Campaign for the Farmed Environment and the Voluntary Initiative.



Working with farmers and growers within specific target sub-catchments to address the issue of elevated pesticide levels in streams and rivers, from which water is taken to produce drinking water. Find out more

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