Water-saving plans should look to FilterClear success

Kirkintilloch company FilterClear demonstrates an innovative approach to the challenge of water shortages, says Jo Swinson.

Speaking in Parliament, Jo asked the Energy & Climate Change Minister about the UK’s response to climate change creating pressure on water supplies, and encouraged him to promote green water technologies such as those innovated by local business FilterClear. Established in 2003, the company delivers around 180 million litres of water treatment per day, and has grown in recent years to export its water recycling solutions at home and abroad.

The Minister responded to Jo’s question by agreeing that there were many opportunities for green growth and innovation across the country, and future potential for the Government’s development of water-saving measures.

Commenting, Jo said:

“Kirkintilloch’s FilterClear is a green industry success story, and its innovative method of filtration is at the forefront of waste water recycling, as well as allowing companies to meet and exceed their environmental targets.

“There is a huge untapped potential to recycle water, which the Government’s future strategy on water supplies must incorporate. With increasing pressure on water here in the UK and abroad, it is vital that we harness the kind of technology that FilterClear is promoting.”


  1. The full text of Jo Swinson’s question and the Minister’s answer is as follows:

Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire) (LD): Most of the climate change debate tends to focus on mitigation and decarbonisation, but it is also important to work on adaption, such as how we respond to pressures on water supply. What plans are the Government putting in place at home and abroad to cope with the increasing pressure and also to promote new water filtration technologies, such as that promoted by FilterClear, an innovative company in my constituency that is creating green jobs and British exports, and promoting the more efficient use of water?

Gregory Barker: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. There are opportunities for green growth and innovation right across the economy, and a lot that we can do in the water sector in particular. However, that is a matter for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which is looking carefully at how we develop the green deal. Indeed, it is possible that we could see a similar programme offered in due course-perhaps a blue deal-to ensure that water-saving measures are funded in the same way. However, she is absolutely spot-on in realising the huge potential that exists.

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