We completed a £12 million project to increase the capacity of the wastewater infrastructure in Canterbury to cater for the growing population.
This included building an underground storage tank for 900,000 litres of storm water during heavy rain and an above-ground tank for another 2.5 million litres – enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. We also built a pumping station and 0.65km of sewer to transfer the wastewater to our Canterbury treatment works, where it is cleaned before being recycled into the Great Stour River.
At Ham Hill Wastewater Treatment Works in Snodland, we started work to add an extra treatment process in which millions of tiny, feasting ‘bugs’ in tanks remove ammonia. This helps to improve the quality of the wastewater recycled to the River Medway to meet strict standards set by the Environment Agency.
We also started a £1 million scheme to upgrade Luddesdown Wastewater Treatment Works, near Gravesend.
Meanwhile, water supplied from our Fawkham works, near Sevenoaks, is being further improved in a £2.8 million scheme to install new filtering and sampling systems.
We also replaced 10km of water mains in Chattenden, Thanet, Chatham and Sittingbourne to reduce the risk of bursts, leaks and interruptions to supplies.