A new wastewater treatment works with a 30m litres per day capacity has been completed at Weatherlees Hill in Kent ensuring that water can safely be discharges into the in line with European legislation.
Wastewater from Margate and Broadstairs is now treated to meet Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive standards as part of a £100M investment by Southern Water.Niall Mills, Southern Water's Director of Assets, said: 'This is such an important stage in our project to improve the quality of the water released out to sea.'We are now treating the wastewater from Margate and Broadstairs, which previously had one stage of treatment to remove debris in the water. Now the wastewater will undergo several treatment processes, including disinfection by ultra-violet light, greatly improving the quality of the water released back to the sea.'The wastewater from Margate and Broadstairs is pumped to the treatment works along an 11km pipeline and once treated it is sent back along a second, parallel pipeline and out to sea at Foreness Point.The improvement work is being carried out by Southern Water's contractor Black & Veatch Costain Joint Venture.