A £2.8m sewage works upgrade scheme is underway in Berkshire which when complete will dramatically improve the quality of treated water being released into a local river.
Thames Water are progressing with the Ascot sewerage works scheme which takes waste water from local homes and treats it to strict environmental standards. The treated sewage is discharged into the Bull Brook and The Cut, from where it supplies a local nature reserve. New additions to the sewage works include new inlet screens and a new storm tank to cope with the increased sewage from a growing local population.
The scheme is supported by the national Love Your River campaign which is being run by Defra.
Thames Water’ capital delivery director Lawrence Gosden said:
“The works operate well at the moment, but what we’re doing is increasing the capacity to make sure it can continue to do so in the future.
“Treated wastewater makes up part of the flow of The Cut, so keeping the quality high, means a healthy river downstream.
“You can see this ‘knock-on’ effect, with all the bugs, birds and other wildlife that are thriving.”