Protecting our precious groundwater
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Estimated people who rely on the Brighton Chalk Aquifer for drinking water
Boreholes have recorded nitrate levels above drinking water standards
What is The Aquifer Partnership (TAP)?
From the River Adur in the west, the River Ouse to the east, and up to the edge of the Downs, the land is shaped by a tremendous block of chalk. This chalk holds water like a sponge, it forms the aquifer.
TAP is dedicated to protecting the aquifer, which holds the precious groundwater we need to live. This is the water that makes the journey to your home, ready at the turn of a tap to quench a thirst, cook a meal, wash some clothes or fill a bath. It’s a vital natural resource.
But like so many others, this natural resource is under threat. Pollution is a problem, not just here, but for aquifers, rivers, lakes, and oceans worldwide.
Formed in 2016, we are a partnership focused on the aquifer, our precious natural resource. We’ve drawn from experts across the UK and even the globe to learn about sustainable blue-green solutions for the issues facing our aquifer.
Our relationship with water and how we manage it needs to change. We have to make sure we keep our water clean and use every drop wisely.
Watch in awe as artist Lauren Cook brings the Brighton Chalk Block Aquifer to life in a stunning stop-motion watercolour short film. Learn about how aquifers work, the threat of pollution, and discover how we can protect this vital resource for our future.
We are protecting the precious water held beneath our feet. From towns to downs we all rely on it. Now, next year, in the next decade and in the next century, we’ll always need it. The Aquifer Partnership (TAP) is safeguarding the water we’ll need for years to come.
Water Quality and Quantity
Being dedicated to preserving the aquifer isn’t enough; our goals are to improve the water quality and quantity that sinks into the ground. We do this using evidence-based solutions, which means data and scientific communities back them.
Changing an underused space into one that positively impacts the aquifer also means it benefits the nature. We focus on using plants and designs that regenerate a space for nature. We’re passionate about using sustainable nature based solutions, and supporting regenerative farming.
It’s not enough to build sustainable solutions; we need to create and sustain beautiful places for people too. Each of our projects involves the community around it, from educational talks about the aquifer to using community feedback to develop designs that serve them better.
‘No water, no life. No blue, no green’ – Sylvia Earle
Wild Park Rainscape
Wild Park Rainscape is our flagship project, creating a stunning park that cleans the water going into the aquifer. Breaking ground in Spring 2023.
Rainscapes in Schools
Rainscapes are inspiring play areas that support the aquifer and provide educational opportunities.
Rain Garden Campaign
Our community project focuses on creating rain gardens for everyone. Learn how you can build a rain garden and support a greener, or perhaps bluer, community
What You Can Do
Water Friendly Gardens
Be kind to nature and the aquifer by not using pesticides and artificial fertilisers in your garden or allotment. Harvest rain in a water butt to water your plants, and think about creating your own raingarden at home! Take a look at our handy rain garden guide.
Ditch the Car
We all know cars cause air pollution, but did you know that road run-off is the third highest cause of water pollution in the UK? Some cars leak oil and petrol. Tyres and break-pads wear down leaving heavy metals and microplastics on the road. This pollution washes off the road when it rains and down the drains, many of which lead to our aquifer.
Reduce Your Use
Don’t waste that water! With a growing population pressure on our aquifer increases. Every drop counts. Here around Brighton each person uses on average 136l a day. Turn off taps when brushing teeth, put a Hippo in the loo, take a timer into the shower – can you set a new personal best?