Multi-million pound treatment centre upgrade begins

South East Water is set to build a new £5 million (€5.6 million) treatment station in Hampshire, UK.
Based at the company’s existing Woodgarston Water Treatment Works, in Upper Wooton, the new equipment will futureproof the water supply against forecasted increases in nitrate levels in the area.
Project manager Mark Gelinski  said: “As a company, we adhere to strict industry standards which ensures our tap water is among the highest quality in the world.
“This investment will help us to remove nitrates and keep customers’ drinking water to the highest possible quality.
“We’re really excited to be breaking ground on this scheme that will help to protect water supplies for future generations.”
Construction began in August and is set to be complete by December 2021.
Emma Goddard, head of environment, added: “Alongside this vital work, we will be continuing to work with farmers and landowners to protect water quality and the environment now and in the future.
“We have been working with local farmers on their nutrient management practices alongside promoting cover crop usage. We’re really grateful to all the local farmers for their help in adapting their farm nutrient management practices.
“It will take time to see the benefits as improvements to groundwater quality can take several years due to delayed recharge responses from rainfall events.
“We are confident that our success with working with the farms at Woodgarston will bring about a water quality improvement in future years.”

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