A public consultation has been given the go ahead for upgrade work at Deephams Sewage Works in Enfield. The sewage works is one of the largest in London but needs to be upgraded to improve the water quality in the River Lee.

The public consultation will run until the 24th of October and will see a range of public exhibitions and briefings where the public will be able to speak to the team from Thames Water to find out what the plans are and to give feedback about the proposals.

Most of the current Deephams plant was built in the 1950s and needs to be upgraded to comply with new Environment Agency standards. The plant has also reached capacity and needs to be expanded to cope with the growing population and heavy rainfall.

The plans will see the works rebuilt on the new site while the existing facilities provide continuing sewage treatment until the works are completed.

The director for capital delivery at Thames Water Lawrence Gosden said:

“We are in listening mode. We want people’s views on how we go about the must-do job of upgrading Deephams so it complies with more stringent river water quality standards.

“Apart from our own preliminary studies and the development of our own preferred option for this project, we have a blank slate here. Wherever possible we will try to reflect people’s concerns and preferences as we go ahead.”

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