A Week with Welsh Water – An Opportunity to Shape the Future

Two YFC members have the opportunity to spend a week with Welsh Water to find out about the work they do with farmers and land managers to protect drinking water sources across Wales. During the week you’ll see how water makes its way from source to tap, visit a water treatment works and have the chance to influence their future projects.

You’ll be spending a week with the Drinking Water Catchment Team. They’re responsible for ensuring the water taken from the environment is the best quality possible before it enters their treatment works! This is so they can avoid the need for using additional chemicals and energy to get the drinking water perfect for their customers.

Not sure what a drinking water catchment is? No problem! It’s the area where water is collected by the natural landscape. This water then runs into a river or reservoir that Welsh Water abstract from.

We would like you to share what you learn with the Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee, complete blog posts with our help and come up with your own ways of sharing your experiences.

“We are very grateful to Dŵr Cymru for giving this opportunity to two members of Wales YFC. This is a fantastic chance for them to work with Dŵr Cymru and find out more about the work they undertake with farmers and landowners.”

Katie Davies, Wales YFC Chairman

Important Information

Are you eligible?

To be eligible you must;

• Be 16 or over upon beginning your week with Welsh Water

• A current YFC member

• Renew your YFC membership for the 2020/2021 year

When & Where?

Your week will begin sometime in August 2020 and Welsh Water will confirm the most suitable location at the interview stage.

How can I apply?

Apply by following the button below to fill in the application form between 1st May 2020 and 22nd May 2020.
We’ll be holding interviews for this opportunity in mid-June at either the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells or online.

“At Welsh Water we are committed to working towards a more resilient and sustainable future to ensure we protect water quality and the wider environment. As we own very little of the land around our rivers, reservoirs and groundwaters, we work with farmers and land managers to safeguard these drinking water sources now and for years to come.

“This is the first time we have been in a position to offer a placement of this kind to work with farmers of the future. The successful candidates will be given the chance to learn more about our work and what it takes to provide wholesome drinking water to our customers. Our hope is that the knowledge gained will lead to closer working relationships with us in the future and a better understanding of catchment management.”

Joanne Burford, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s Catchment Manager