Anglian Water in the UK is to install a new storm tank in line with new Environment Agency regulations.
The scheme in Flitwick, near Bedford, marks an investment of almost £2 million (€2.28 million) as part of a larger programme of work to increase storm water storage across the East of England, with overall investment in the programme totalling more than £100 million (€114 million).
The additional storm water storage across the region will help to capture and redirect more than 72.5 million litres of rainwater – equivalent to 29 Olympic sized swimming pools – to help protect the environment during heavy rainfall.
The new storm tank at Flitwick will help to capture nearly 1 million additional litres of storm water during extreme weather and flooding, so it can then be treated before being returned to the nearby water courses.
This builds resilience to extreme weather caused by climate change and protecting the environment by helping to reduce the use of storm overflows, providing additional protection for rivers, many of which in the East of England are unique chalk stream habitats.
Polly Garrod, regional treatment manager, said: “We know how important rivers and the wider environment are to our customers and local communities.
“We’re really pleased that this scheme will help to protect nearby rivers and increase our resilience to climate change, by helping us make sure the wastewater is treated to an even higher standard than usual before it’s returned to the natural environment.
“As a result of climate change, we’re seeing more bouts of extreme weather, sudden downpours and rising sea levels, so it’s really important that our sites are prepared to process higher volumes of stormwater and protect the environment. That’s why we’ve committed through our Get River Positive programme that our water recycling processes will not harm rivers, with schemes like this one in Flitwick.”
Work on the scheme at Flitwick is expected to finish in the summer.
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