Welsh Water and Cynnal Cymru working together to create a more sustainable Wales

Welsh Water is proud to be sponsoring the first ‘Sustain Wales’ Awards to celebrate the fantastic work being done by individuals and organisations in Wales who work under the sustainable development umbrella.

Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales is the leading organisation for sustainable development in Wales, with over 12 years’ experience of supporting change for a sustainable future. The awards are a chance to reward and highlight the great things people and organisations are doing on sustainable development.

Welsh Water’s supplies safe and reliable drinking water to over three million customers every day, while taking away wastewater to treat, before it can be returned to the environment.  In providing these services, Welsh Water depends on a huge network of assets, most of which have extremely long lives meaning that the decisions taken today will have an important impact on customers, the economy and on the environment for many years to come.

Ensuring that the company has a long term plan to ensure they can continue to provide these services and be ready to tackle the challenges of an ever-changing environment is central to their long-term vision, ‘Our Sustainable Future’. This plan, originally published in 2007, outlines Welsh Water’s vision for the next 25 years and how they strive to provide better value for money for customers.

Welsh Water’s unique model not only benefits customers by ensuring all profits are reinvested in the business for the future benefit of customers, but also benefits the wider environment in its care communities. This includes delivering its best ever environmental performance in 2015, thanks to investment at its wastewater treatment works and sewer network.  These play an essential role in protecting the environment and improving bathing water quality and the investment helped Wales secure 41 Blue Flags.

The company is also leading the way in finding sustainable solutions to tackle challenges to environmental performance. With the company now generating around 25% of its energy needs from renewable sources on its various sites, it is also investing:

  • £40 million in our sustainable drainage programme – RainScape – in Llanelli and Gowerton which offers an innovative solution to tackle urban flooding and protect local communities
  • £24 million in transforming Five Fords wastewater treatment works in Wrexham, North Wales, into an innovative Energy Park – incorporating solar, advanced anaerobic digestion, wind and hydro generation schemes at the site
  • in managing 14 hydro turbines at various reservoirs across Wales – worth around £20 million – which has doubled the amount of renewable energy we generate, These hydro schemes produce 40GWh of energy which is enough to power 9,000 homes.

Welsh Water’s Chief Executive Chris Jones said: “We are delighted to be supporting Cynnal Cymru and the work they do in promoting sustainable development. As a company, we work hard every day to make sure our water and environment is looked after for now, and for years to come. By finding sustainable and better ways of doing things, we can keep our customers’ bills down and put more money back into protecting our communities for generations to come.