Southern Water is investing more than £5 million to increase capacity at its Whitewall Creek Wastewater Treatment Works near Strood.
The works, which serves a population of more than 25,000 people, is being expanded to cater for the new homes which are planned for the area.
The project includes increasing the capacity of the site’s storm tank by an extra 56,000 litres, installing new filters and treatment tanks and upgrading various pumps and sections of pipework around the works.
Other improvements include extending the inlet works, where wastewater flows enter the site, and installing new screens which filter out non-biodegradable items such as wet wipes which should not be flushed away.
The work, which is being carried out by Southern Water supplier Morrison Utility Services, is due to begin this month and is expected to be completed by March 2015.
Les Kelley, Southern Water Project Manager, said: “Increasing capacity at Whitewall Creek will ensure the works continues to serve the area’s growing population while also meeting tightening EU standards.”