A wind turbine is planned as part of Thames Water's £400M investment programme to improve one of London major sewage works, the company announced yesterday.
The water company said that the turbine would help to generate up to half of the total energy needs for Crossness Sewage Treatment Works (STW) in South-East London and reduce the plant's carbon footprint.Crossness, one of the largest STWs in Europe, currently serves the needs of 2M people. However, major investment is needed to help the plant cope with the challenge of climate change.Currently during times of very heavy rainfall, the plant is unable to handle resulting higher levels of sewage and rainwater. This means it has to discharge diluted effluent into the River Thames. Investment will be made in increasing the plant's capacity, reducing theseincidents. It also includes plans to install equipment to minimise odours from the site.