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View recent newsChildren from Abbey Meadows on tap to learn more about water thanks to Cambridge Water

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13 October 2015

Children from Abbey Meadows Primary School have received a cheque for £1000 from Cambridge Water to help them learn more about water and the environment.

The cheque was presented to them during the official opening of a new nitrate removal plant at Fleam Dyke. It was given to the school as part of Cambridge Water’s Donations and Grants scheme to help good causes in the community.

More than 20 school pupils, who have been learning about water and its importance for health, joined the Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Robert Dryden to officially open the £3million building at Fleam Dyke Pumping Station, near Fulbourn on Friday (October 9).

They were joined by representatives from The Wildlife Trust, Friends of Fleam Dyke, local councillors and the Consumer Council for Water.

Presenting the cheque, Phil Newland, managing director of Cambridge Water, said: “At Cambridge Water we’ve been providing high quality water to all our customers for more than 160 years.

“The new nitrate treatment plant will enable us to continue to provide some of the highest quality water in the UK to our customers.

“Alongside this we are also working in partnership with farmers and landowners to reduce the use of nitrate rich fertilisers on the land.

“As pupils from Abbey Meadows School are learning about the importance of water and health we were delighted to be able to ask them to come and officially open the new plant and present them with a cheque which will help the school teach pupils about the true value of water.

“We hope the visit showed them how water gets to their homes – and the importance of making sure it is clean and healthy, not just for today, but for use by future generations.”

Nitrates are naturally present in soils but they are also added by farmers in fertilisers to improve their crop yield. Because nitrates are soluble they can be washed into rivers and streams or seep through the ground into underground water sources.

While fertiliser application has improved over recent years, the legacy of nitrates in groundwater has meant a steady increase in nitrates in raw water supplies over the last 30 years.

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