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Source to Tap Project – Discover Your River
May 31, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
CELEBRATING AND PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE OR OUR WATERWAYS
Join the Source to Tap Project –
Thursday 31st May
7:30-9:30pm in Ballinamore Library
to celebrate your rivers and lakes.
Come along to reminisce about your river, share your love of rivers and discuss your vision for the future of your local rivers.Find out more about the Source to Tap Project…
For further Information on the Source to Tap project and events contact Pat Gallagher on 087 7001512
What is Source to Tap?
Source to Tap is an innovative and exciting, cross-border partnership project. It focuses on the River Erne and the River Derg catchments which cross the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. It aims to develop sustainable, catchment-scale solutions for the protection of rivers and lakes, which are the main sources of our shared drinking water.
Source to Tap delivers a learning and outreach programme. This is targeted at informing and empowering your community about your role in protecting our clean and healthy freshwater environment. Source to Tap will pilot best-practice forestry and peatland land management measures. It also delivers an Agricultural Land Incentive Scheme focused on changing land management practices for the protection of our water.
These best practice measures will be bought together to form a Sustainable Catchment Area Management Plan (known as a SCAMP), so what is learned, and what is successful, can be replicated in other drinking water catchments in Ireland, the UK and beyond.
The project runs from 2017 to 2021. It is funded by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland, and the Department for Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) in Ireland. It is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
Why the Erne and Derg River Catchments?
The River Erne catchment (covering 4374km2) and River Derg catchment (covering 369km2) are significant cross-border source areas for shared public drinking water supply between Ireland and Northern Ireland. They have been chosen because risks to these drinking water sources have been identified in both countries.
The risks identified arise because ‘raw water’ abstracted from watercourses (rivers, lakes and streams) often contains contaminants such as herbicides, organic colour and sediments. These can enter the water source from various activities, such as agriculture, forestry and industry.
These contaminants must be removed in Water Treatment Works/Plants (WTWs/WTPs) to produce drinking water that meets the standards set out in the EU Drinking Water Regulations.
It has been shown in the United Kingdom that it is more cost effective to reduce contaminants in run-off from the land through catchment-scale land management rather than building costly treatment solutions at the Water Treatment Plant.
There are added benefits to preventing water quality impacts at source, including improving water quality throughout the river system for wildlife and for recreation provision, bringing not just environmental, but also social and economic benefits.