A new project has been launched to tackle water pollution hotspots near two industrial estates in Cheshire.
The initiative, is being funded by the Environment Agency and delivered by environmental experts Groundwork, to target industrial estates at Nat Lane, Winsford, located on the banks of the River Weaver and Millbuck Way, Sandbach.
In recent years, some north west based companies have received fines ranging from £20,000 to £700,000, for not only causing pollution in water, but unnecessary stress to fish in long stretches of rivers being needlessly polluted. A number of businesses within the two industrial estates have already signed up to the programme, receiving free and confidential support from Groundwork. This includes undergoing a pollution audit and receiving expert advice on how they can comply with legislation and help to improve their local environment.
Water pollution has a huge and very harmful impact on the environment both locally and nationally. By working closely with local businesses, we are ensuring that they are aware of and meet their responsibilities to the environment and their local communities.
Rachel Argyros, Catchment Coordinator - Environment Agency
Groundwork’s Director of Business, Greville Kelly said: “We’ve been delighted with the positive response we’ve received from local businesses so far. This project is all about prevention, so it will not only reduce current levels of water pollution but also help to safeguard these waterways for generations to come.”
During the project, 16-20 businesses are expected to be actively involved in the programme. It means that they’ll not only be playing their part to improve the local environment, but also avoiding the risk of large fines and prosecutions and gaining positive green credentials.
For more information about the project please contact the team on 01606 723 175.