Ribble Valley water scheme is showcased

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North West Civil Engineers have praised a sustainable water abstraction scheme in the heart of the Ribble Valley.

In a report into water supply released by the Institution of Civil Engineers North West, the Brennand and Whitendale restoration scheme was showcased as being the first of its kind.

ICE North-West regional director Alan Butler credited the collaboration between the partners for giving a sustainable water supply to local communities.

The restoration scheme is believed to be unique because it works in partnership with the community focus group, United Utilities and the Environment Agency.

The benefits of this new scheme include improving the ecology of rivers to achieve Good Ecological status before 2015, creating a more natural and thriving river environment and helping river-dependent insect communities to recover and flourish.

The “State of the Nation” report revealed a need for society to place greater value on water as a vital resource.

Mr Butler said: “We are calling for a 30% reduction of per capita consumption in homes – currently 150 litres per day – along with discretionary tariffs that reward low usage with prices rising as usage increases.”

ICE North West is proposing to introduce water meters in every household in addition to a fair payment regime aiming to financially reward low usage.