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We’re investing £16million on a major upgrade of our Eastbourne Wastewater Treatment Works, at Langney Point.
These improvements will help protect the local environment and ensure we can continue to meet the needs of 140,000 customers well into the future.
Find out what progress we’ve made and what work is coming up:
15 May 2018
We’ve now nearly completed improvements on one of the biological filters, and this will be put back into service over the next two weeks. We will then begin work on a second filter over the coming weeks.
To carry out this part of the scheme, we’ve worked with an engineering firm to construct a safety cage as an alternative to using scaffolding. This means we’ve been able to carry out this section in less time, while ensuring our staff and contractors are well protected.
These biological filters rely on special filtration material to treat wastewater. The changes we've made mean that we will now be able to pump this material directly from one filter to another, without the need to use outdoor tankers.
This will help to reduce odour coming from the site whenever we need to switch filters in the future.
8 May 2018
Improvement work to the underground chamber where wastewater arrives from Pevensey and Eastbourne is on course to be complete in July. This major part of the project has seen us replacing older sections of concrete with more resilient material to maintain the structure of the chamber.
We've needed to ensure the site has remained full functional throughout this work, so our teams have been working through the night, when flows of wastewater entering the site are much lower. We're now able to work during the daytime too, so work on this section should be complete in July.
We’ve now completed our lighting improvements and are preparing to start work on the new odour-control system.
This month, we’ll be continuing to upgrade the treatment tanks, so that we can further improve the quality of wastewater being treated.
We’ve rebuilt three treatment tanks to improve the treatment process and we’re well underway with work to rebuild the inlet, where flows enter the site.
As this is an underground site, making repairs can be complex, but we’ve now made big improvements to ventilation and lighting inside, which will make problem-solving much easier in future. Still to come are upgrades of more treatment tanks.