Environmental management

As a major landowner, South East Water has a responsibility to act as guardian to some of the region’s most precious environmental resources.

We look after 32 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), a National Reserve, two local Nature Reserves and numerous Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Sensitive management of these sites is a priority, allowing an abundance of fauna and flora to thrive, and we have won a host of awards in recognition of our commitment to the environment:

  • Green Apple Awards – The Green Organisation honoured us with a gold award for our work to protect toads at our Offham Water Treatment Works, near Lewes, and to stop them trying to cross the busy A275. We previously received a bronze award for our work to protect bats at Wichling Pumping Station, and another for a 'living' willow sculpture created by Conservation Ranger Richard Dyer on former wasteland in Robertsbridge, East Sussex, as an environmental gift to the community.
  • We work with others to achieve our environmental goals, including the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, Natural England, The Sussex and Hampshire Wildlife Trusts and the Kent Wildlife Trust, and we are a founder member of the Sussex Otters & Rivers Partnership, set up in 2000.

Explore this section to find out more about how we manage your local environment.