Supporting our communities
Water companies play an important role in local communities – contributing to our daily lives in ways that go far beyond our water services.
Building skills and education
Companies invest in training their workforce and provide more than 180 apprenticeships a year and provide wider education through visitor centres and programmes to raise awareness of the water cycle and the need for water conservation. Tens of thousands of schoolchildren and many other groups visit water company education centres each year.
Managing flood risk
Water companies provide essential services and look after vital infrastructure such as sewers. Making sure this network can cope with extreme weather is all part of company planning. Measures such as flood barriers and back-up supplies are put in place as part of current and long-term plans.
Creating renewable energy
Water services demand large amounts of energy so companies try to develop renewable energy sources where they can - to reduce consumption and cut harmful emissions. They use solar and wind power at smaller local plants and produce biogas from wastewater sludge to generate electricity that can be used to power larger facilities or feed into the national gas grid.
Fish, birds and other wildlife rely on the water environment for their natural habitats. In sharing this environment to supply our water services the water companies work with economic regulators, wildlife organisations and researchers to measure impacts, protect and improve the environment and encourage biodiversity.
Water companies' own sites of stunning beauty that can be enjoyed by everyone. Where possible, companies use their sites to create leisure and education opportunities for local communities and to spur economic growth through tourism. Wildlife habitats and water reservoirs across the UK attract visitors throughout the year to enjoy activities from water sports and fishing to walking and bird watching.