A major scheme to make a West Sussex treatment works more environmentally friendly has completed.
Southern Water invested £6.3 million to upgrade Lidsey Wastewater Treatment Works. The project means the treated flows leaving the site and recycled into the Lidsey Rife are of the best ever quality.
A key part of the scheme was the construction of seven sand filters which were filled with 500 tonnes of sand. This gives the wastewater an extra polish by removing tiny particles as it flows through the filters.
Other parts of the site have also been refurbished and testing of the new equipment is now taking place.
Southern Water Senior Project Manager Heather Jones said: “I’m delighted this scheme, one of the largest in Sussex this year, has successfully completed and will soon start benefiting the environment.
“The sand filters mean we’ve been able to provide an extra stage of treatment without adding any extra chemicals. By using specialist methods like this we can ensure the treated flows continue to reach stringent standards set by the Environment Agency.”
The project was part of Southern Water’s £1.8 billion programme of work being carried out between 2010 and 2015 to improve and maintain pipes, sewers, water supply and treatment works.