About this event
Project partners will demonstrate how the scheme works, explain the challenges, successes and examine the potential to replicate elsewhere. Our EU partners will also describe their trials in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Who is this event for?
The events are aimed at local farmers, landowners, water users and those involved in the regulation and management of water resources and anyone interested in reusing surface water and find out how the FRESH4Cs project is working and its potential to be rolled out in other locations.
Partners attending include:
Felixstowe Hydrocycle Ltd, Suffolk County Council, Environment Agency and the University of East Anglia.
FRESH4Cs, an EU funded, collaborative project between 10 UK, Belgian and Dutch partners, is demonstrating alternative freshwater resources for different water users in coastal lowlands. Six demonstration cases have been created to show how different technologies can ensure future water availability in those coastal lowlands, with two located near Felixstowe.
For many years, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of surface water has been pumped into the River Deben estuary from the Kingsfleet. But now, the majority of this water is being carefully pumped inland, stored in existing farm reservoirs and used to irrigate crops in an innovative project being led locally by a farmers co-operative – Felixstowe Hydrocycle Ltd, supported by Suffolk County Council, the Environment Agency and University of East Anglia. The reduced pumping into the estuary is also preventing damage to valuable saltmarsh habitat.
In addition, the project is exploring underground water storage through the managed aquifer recharge (MAR) technique. This technique infiltrates excess water into an underground aquifer. In periods of dry weather part of it can be pumped up again. This avoids overexploiting the aquifer, restores ground water levels and could be a very cost-effective way of storing water.
FRESH4Cs has received funding from the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. To find out more, please visit the FRESH4Cs website: www.fresh4cs.eu
Thursday 9th June – 3pm-6pm or
Friday 10th June – 10am-2pm
The two events will have a similar format to enable you to choose the day and time that works best for you.
The events will be located on the Felixstowe Peninsula, near Kirton at the site of the main pumping station. Further details and directions will be sent to you upon completion of your booking.
Food and refreshments will be provided so please tell us about any dietary requirements when completing your booking.
Parking will be available and we encourage car sharing where possible.
To register for the event, please visit the Eventbrite page here.