Smart water: a prosperous future for the food and drink supply chain

A resource for professionals with an interest in water, ecosystems, agriculture and procurement in UK food and drink companies, explaining water management in operations and agricultural supply chains
The report outlines ‘Six Steps’ for companies to work through:

  • Understand your relationship with water
  • Create a plan of action
  • Manage water sustainably in your operations
  • Work with your agricultural suppliers
  • Build resilience to flooding and water shortages
  • Collaborate on sustainable water management

To inspire action, it draws on examples of what companies are already doing independently, with their agricultural supply chains and through collective action. At the end of the report, useful tools, Smat Water front coverinitiatives and information sources are listed.

We have also produced a poster communicating the report’s key messages for companies to print out and put on their walls, to raise awareness and mobilise action.

Why is this report needed?

Water is a national concern in the UK: Our national freshwater resources, and the ecological biodiversity they contain, face a number of threats and a stable supply of good quality freshwater can no longer be guaranteed in many parts of the UK. Water scarcity, water quality, population growth and climate change make for a challenging future.

Feeding the nation: The UK food supply chain employs 3.7m people, produces 60% of our food and contributes 7% of GDP.

An essential ingredient: Water is vital to food and drink, including growing, cleaning, cooling and processing.

Water risks and the food and drink supply chain: Activities in the food and drink supply chain can reduce water availability in areas of need and pollute water sources.

Read an extended case study on Adnams Brewery's efforts on sustainable water use.

Read an extended case study on Southern Water's Integrated Water Cycle Managaement.


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