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Climate Week Video 2014

Water and wastewater services are vital to a sustainable Scotland - protecting public health, our environment and supporting Scotland’s economy.

In becoming more sustainable in how we deliver these services, Scottish Water is taking steps to deliver our customers’ expectations of high-quality and affordable services, well into the future.

Our annual Sustainability Report highlights what we’re doing to enhance our services, while protecting public health and our environment.

And this year we’re a supporting partner of Climate Week 2014 - Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a future that is both sustainable and resilient to the challenges of climate change. Culminating in a week of activities, it showcases practical solutions from every sector of society.

At Scottish Water we’re working to ensure the water we supply is of the highest quality.  We are working with farmers and landowners to cut pollution of our raw waters, while our investment in waste water and sewerage has seen our environmental performance improve massively, cutting pollution events by almost two thirds.

Our investment is contributing to the highest ever quality of drinking water at customer taps, while helping to support vital jobs across different sectors in the Scottish economy.

Projects like our £250 million investment in Glasgow’s wastewater system will improve the quality of the River Clyde, and alleviate many of the flooding impacts on our customers.  This is just one of the ways in which we’re by playing our part in helping communities tackle flooding and deal with the impact of heavy rainfall.

Our Changing Behaviours campaign is a great way of working with customers to help avoid those costly and avoidable blockages in our sewers, while encouraging customers to use water in the most efficient way possible.We’re also increasing the amount of renewable energy we generate, which is helping to provide more of the power needed for our treatment works, helping us meet national renewables targets while reducing our energy costs

And in spite of our continued investment in our environment and in improved services for customers, which can mean increased energy consumption, we’ve managed to reduce our carbon footprint for six years in a row.

Another way of supporting a sustainable society is by providing a safe and healthy environment for everyone in Scottish Water. We have been developing our volunteering programme so that everyone has opportunities to help in their local community - whether it’s cleaning a beach or visiting a school to give a presentation to children about the value of water. 

So Climate Week 2014 is a great opportunity to highlight and think about all the great things we’re doing to build a sustainable Scottish Water. It’s the right thing to do for the environment, the economy and, crucially, our customers, to ensure that we can meet their expectations and be valued and trusted well into the future. 

Mark Williams, Scottish Water's Head of Environmental Science and Regulation, highlights our support for Climate Week and outlines how we are playing our part in helping to enhance and protect the environment.