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Where we work
Upstream Thinking works on the land next to the rivers where we abstract water for treatment.

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Restoring peatland
Restoring peat bogs has benefits for river water quality and for the plants and animals that thrive in a boggy environment.

Mire restoration
 By blocking drainage ditches more water is stored and released slowly back into the rivers, giving more stable river flows and cleaner water for abstraction at the water treatment works.

By reducing peak stormwater run-off, the amount of peat washed downstream is also reduced as well as alleviating flooding.

Exmoor Mires Partnership

Why are we doing it?

David Smith - River Kenzie
In the words of Martin Hesp, Editor at Large at the Western Morning News, "We need to fully digest the idea that so much in nature is linked.

"For example our need for clean drinking water can have huge benefits for landscapes far and near.

"Thanks to companies like South West Water working in conjunction with organisations like Devon Wildlife Trust...as well as farmers, we now have Upstream Thinking where engineers ensure water is clean before it gets into the pipes rather than at the other end just before it enters the taps.

"Cleaning dirty water is expensive. Upstream Thinking is a cheaper option, which means less expensive bills for us - and also has huge benefits for wildlife in places like Exmoor or Dartmoor."



 

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