Environmental improvements give rivers a boost

Posted: Friday 26th November 2010

Rivers and streams in the South East will benefit from a £265.5 million investment by Southern Water.

The company is carrying out a programme of schemes to further improve the quality of treated wastewater returning to the environment.

The improvements are being carried out at 102 wastewater treatment works across Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Work will take place over the next five years.

Improvements to sites include installation of large sand filters which will remove tiny waste particles from wastewater, new screens to filter debris that can cause blockages, enhancements to the treatment process and improvements to the inlets where sewage enters the works.

Sites being upgraded include:
• Staplefield Wastewater Treatment Works, near Handcross, Sussex, in a scheme costing nearly £2.5m
• Ludgershall Wastewater Treatment Works, Hampshire, in a scheme costing more than £5 million
• Ham Hill Wastewater Treatment Works, Snodland, Kent, in a scheme costing nearly £7 million
• Chillerton Wastewater Treatment Works, on the Isle of Wight, in a scheme costing more than £2 million.

The funding was approved by regulator Ofwat as part of Southern Water’s overall £1.7 billion investment programme between 2010 and 2015.

Southern Water Contracts Manager Laurence Turner: “The environment is at the heart of Southern Water’s business and we ensure the quality of the wastewater we recycle is of the highest standards.

“Therefore, I’m delighted Ofwat has given the go-ahead for us to start these important schemes.”

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