Cooperative agreements between water supply companies and farmers in Dorset

Viavattene, Christophe ORCID logoORCID:, McCarthy, Simon ORCID logoORCID:, Green, Colin H. and Pardoe, Joanna (2015) Cooperative agreements between water supply companies and farmers in Dorset. In: Use of Economic Instruments in Water PolicyInsights from International Experience. Lago, Manuel, Mysiak, Jaroslav, Gomez, Carlos M., Delacamara, Gonzalo and Maziotis, Alexandros, eds. Global Issues in Water Policy, 14 . Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 325-337. ISBN 9783319182865. [Book Section] (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-18287-2)


This case study is a classic example of a water company facing increasing nitrate contamination of its groundwater resources. The pollution is mainly the result of farming activities in the catchment. Potential “cheap” solutions such as blending the water from different sources are increasingly difficult to undertake due to the extent and increase in contamination. As a result the water company has two options: the treatment option or a catchment management approach.
In this case to avoid the high Operational & Maintenance and construction costs of the treatment option the water company (Wessex Water) has approached the farmers in order to cooperate to improve the water quality by promoting better practices.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords (uncontrolled): Environmental Law / Policy / Ecojustice / Water Policy / Water Governance / Water Management / Environmental Economics / Economics / water quality / agriculture / stakeholder engagement
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 17620
Notes on copyright: Springer publication. Book chapter.
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Depositing User: Simon Mccarthy
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2015 09:34
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2022 10:22

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