Subsidised training helps keep water clean

Chris is the facilitator for the Blithfield Reservoir farmers catchment group: he is working with Nina Yiannoukos of South Staffordshire Water (SSW) to set up training for group members who need certificates on field and knapsack sprayers. Farmers can no longer use ‘grandfather rights’ to use sprayers but must have proper training to use modern sprays safely, protecting people and water. SSW has contributed to the cost so that up to ten members of the Group can take the course this October. Nina said that research shows the water company can save money by working with farmers to reduce pollution in drinking water catchments. This positive initiative benefits farmers, the environment and customers of South Staffs Water.