Southern Water’s WWTP upgrade makes progress
The £18 million (€21 million) investment is part of Southern Water’s commitment to its customers and the environment and it will help meet the target of cutting pollution incidents by 80% over the next four years.
Ian McAulay, Southern Water’s CEO, said: “The south-east of England has a rapidly growing population, and we must ensure we can serve our customers and prepare for future growth by investing to ensure our assets are fit for future needs.”
Alan Mak, Member of Parliament for Havant in Hampshire who visited the site, added: “I’ve been campaigning for Southern Water to reduce unacceptable stormwater discharges into our harbours so I welcome this new investment that will make a tangible difference. There is still much more to do to ensure that stormwater releases are eliminated, and I’ll continue my campaigning to protect our harbours.”
Budds Farm Wastewater Treatment Works serves nearly 410,000 people living in and around Portsmouth, Havant and the wider area and treats almost 109 million litres of wastewater per day.
Local contractors and businesses will be central to delivering this upgrade, with investment in storm tanks, pipework and infrastructure. This is part of Southern Water’s action to deliver for its customers by tackling pollution, storm overflows and ensuring the Company is prepared for future growth.
Much of the planned investment will be spent in line with the water industry’s national environment programme (WINEP) on increasing site capacity at Budds Farm to ensure it can cope with anticipated future volumes due to increased rainfall, growing urbanisation and population and other pressures including from the agriculture sector.