South East Water has won an award for its work in reducing the amount of metaldehyde entering rivers and watercourses.
The firm’s catchment team has won the prestigious Rushlight Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry and Biodiversity Award for their pioneering and innovative work with farmers and landowners.
Metaldehyde is a selective pesticide used by farmers and gardeners to control slugs and snails in a wide variety of crops. Metaldehyde pellets applied to crops on land can find their way into drains and water courses either directly during application, or as a result of run off during heavy rainfall. Levels of metaldehyde have been detected in trace concentrations in the rivers or reservoirs used for drinking water.
It is thought the water company’s work will have a very positive impact on the environment.
Emma Goddard from South East Water said the team was ‘delighted’.