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Farm to Tap pays to protect water

Farm to Tap scheme to reduce metaldehyde

Severn Trent is offering farmers financial rewards and support for reducing levels of metaldehyde in its water sources.

Farmers in a ‘Drinking Water Safeguard Zone’, or in Severn Trent priority catchments, are eligible to sign up to a scheme that offers up to £8 per hectare for reducing metaldehyde levels found in local surface water sources.

Severn Trent catchment management and biodiversity lead, Dr Jodie Rettino encourages farmers sign up. “Metaldehyde is extremely difficult to remove from water once it’s there, and the cost to do so is significant. Metaldehyde is a vital product for slug control on farms, yet it could be banned if efforts aren’t made to reduce the risk of the active substance reaching watercourses.

Early bird bonus

Severn Trent is working with farmers at the source and supporting them to help reduct reducing metaldehyde use and prevent a ban being introduced. One way is by switching to ferric phosphate, which is where signing up to Farm to Tap can help by providing the support, resources and advice farmers need to make that switch,” she says.

Additional bonuses are available and every farmer that successfully registers before 31st August will be eligible for a £25 early bird bonus. To find out the full terms and conditions of the scheme, and to sign up to Farm to Tap, farmers should contact their local Agricultural Advisor or email  You can also find out more about the scheme and check to see if your farm is eligible, by clicking on the following link: Farm-to-tap

Alongside the financial support, every farmer who signs up will be assisted by their local Severn Trent Agricultural Advisors – experts who will work with them to develop the best solutions for their farm.

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