Canterbury - A tale of investment

Posted: Wednesday 1st June 2011

Southern Water’s £12 million project to increase the capacity of the wastewater infrastructure in Canterbury to cater for the growing population is now complete.

The work has included:

• The construction of an underground storm storage tank in Kingsmead Road that can collect 900,000 litres of storm water in wet weather.

• The construction of an above ground storm water storage tank at Canterbury Wastewater treatment Works that can collect 2,500,000 litres of storm water during periods of heavy rainfall, enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

• A new pumping station in Vauxhall Road and 0.65 km sewer to transfer the wastewater to Canterbury Treatment Works.

Once the storm has passed, the water will be put back into the system for treatment at Canterbury Wastewater Treatment Works before it is returned to the Great Stour River.

Gary Sayers, Senior Project Engineer for Southern Water, said: “It is expected that the city’s current population will increase by 20 per cent by 2016. The improvement works we have carried out in Canterbury are vital to build more capacity into the sewerage network.

“The new installations are mainly underground so that apart from security fencing, all that is now visible are small green kiosks to house the control systems and electrical supplies, together with new manhole covers for the underground tank in Kingsmead Road.”

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