Monitoring water quality

Deployment of water quality monitoring sondes

BRICs is a research project that is taking an innovative approach to managing natural resources in the area, benefitting both communities and businesses in the locality.      

Welsh Water is a partner on the BRICs Project Steering Group and is actively involved in contributing to both Workstreams.  Welsh Water’s matchfunding to the project is to monitor and share water quality data from the Pelcomb Brook and Llys y fran sub-catchments.  Two Sondes have been deployed in the Pelcomb Brook sub-catchment and an adjacent sub-catchment (Control) to measure various parameters including nutrients (ammonia), turbidity and pH.

The water in the Milford Haven Waterway and the surrounding Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation contains too much nitrogen and phosphorus. This means it fails to meet statutory water quality standards and the nutrient enrichment threatens important and protected wildlife and their habitats.

It also means that the waterway is considered “full” with no capacity to accept any additional input of nutrients, which is a potential barrier to any future development.

The BRICS approach is about preventing pollution from getting into watercourses rather than relying on ‘end of pipe’ solutions, like water treatment, while delivering other benefits for the economy and environment.

BRICS takes a wider view of the environment and considers relationships between the environment and the people managing it.  This is an example of Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR).   Building resilience into catchments and the way they are managed means they will be better able to stand the effects of a changing climate and increased pressure and demands on land and river management.

The project will benefit farms, economically as well as environmentally, creating a business leader culture.

If you are a farmer or land owner and want to find out more, please get in touch with Emma Taylor, BRICs Project Officer on 01834 860965 or emmat@planed.org.uk.

If you are interested or think you may like to participate in a nutrient trading scheme, please contact Paul Renfro, BRICs Project Officer on 01646 405693 or paul.renfro@pembrokeshirecoastalforum.org.uk