United Utilities launches £300,000 catchment grant scheme

Posted: Wednesday 7th April 2021

Funds available for charitable organisations to improve their local water environment.

The CaST Account will help to encourage partnership working, bringing different people, ideas and interventions together to create multiple benefits for society.

United Utilities’ innovative CaST (Catchment Systems Thinking) approach, which looks at a river catchment as an entire system rather than a series of isolated issues, has already brought multiple benefits such as pollutant reduction and flood risk management along watercourses in Cumbria and Lancashire.

Now the company wants to extend the idea across the North West region by encouraging partnerships and community groups to get involved, with grants of up to £50,000 available.

United Utilities Environment Director Jo Harrison explained: “We’re a water company, and the water environment is critical to our business and the society we serve. For more than 15 years United Utilities has been pioneering in our partnership approach to landscape and reservoir catchment improvements.

“The Government has set out its 25-year Environment Plan, to improve the quality of our environment, and now we have the drive to build back better after the coronavirus pandemic. Ofwat has indicated the importance of collaborative working in its Time To Act Together strategy. We are all working towards the same goals and that’s why we want to encourage other organisations across the North West by providing this financial backing.

“Through this approach we will utilise natural capital decision making to enable us to consider balancing the requirements for water resources, flooding, water quality and biodiversity. This in turn will allow us to provide greater benefits to customers through delivering wider environmental improvements, as well as making us more efficient through delivering work in partnership with others.”

The application process for the CaST Account is now open. United Utilities wants to hear about projects which demonstrate:

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