Farmer’s awareness of water quality issues have improved year-on-year, according to a survey undertaken by Promar on behalf of Severn Trent Water (STW).
The data incorporates feedback from over 90 farmers from STW priority catchments during 2016 and 2017.
The survey showed that in 2017, 94 per cent of farmers questioned could identify water quality concerns in their area, an increase on the 87 per cent recorded in 2016.
The research has also highlighted a positive response to ferric phosphate with 61 per cent of slug pellet users having tried or regularly using ferric phosphate as an alternative to metaldehyde.
Katherine Filby, STW catchment management planner says: “The insight provided by Promar has shown that a catchment approach can be effective at increasing awareness and changing farmer behaviours to protect and improve drinking water quality, and we hope to be able to demonstrate even greater improvements in 2018.”