When building new water pipelines or sewers in the countryside, the presence of protected species or habitats can influence where or how we work.
It can also affect the time of year we can carry out certain construction or operational activities.
When planning new projects we work closely with engineers, partners, construction specialists and contractors to avoid any impacts on the environment and reduce any potentially damaging effects.
A team of ecologists and archaeologists on many of our projects and our ecology and heritage team help to reduce any effects our work may have on the environment and cultural heritage in our region.
They make sure we comply with all UK and European legislation and guidance relating to protected species, landscape, habitat, biodiversity and archaeology and cultural heritage.