Community investment

Recognise the effect that our operations have on the community and invest in programmes that support those affected.

We work in the heart of local communities, and aim to go the extra mile for these neighbourhoods, especially when our work is disruptive.

For example, following the water quality incident in Lancashire in August 2015, which impacted over 300,000 homes, we activated the Lancashire Community Fund. In 2016/17, we distributed almost £700,000 worth of grants to charities and community organisations in the area.

We have a long-standing partnership with Groundwork UK called United Futures, which helps to regenerate neighbourhoods following our mains and sewer improvement works. As part of this initiative, we supported a range of local environmental projects around our Davyhulme treatment works in Greater Manchester. These included:

  • creating a community orchard at Broadway Park;
  • providing supplies for a mass bulb planting to brighten up Golden Hill Park;
  • creating a bog garden, a bug hotel and more seating at Christ Church Community Garden;
  • bringing a pond back to its former glory at Mossfield Allotments; and
  • creating a new sculpture at Davyhulme Park.

Our community investment totalled £3.6 million in 2016/17.