Why does Hampshire need water recycling?
We rely on the precious chalk streams and their associated aquifers of the River Test and the River Itchen, to provide the majority of water to our customers in Hampshire. However, we need to find new sustainable sources of water to help keep taps and rivers flowing, following reductions in the amount of water we can take from the River Test and River Itchen. This need is amplified by the pressures of a growing population and changing climate.
Our Water Recycling Plant
Our proposed plant will take some treated wastewater from our Budds Farm Wastewater Treatment Works and purify it further using tried and tested advanced water recycling techniques. After purification the treated recycled water would be pumped into Havant Thicket Reservoir, the first reservoir to be built in the South East since the 1970s which we’re delivering in collaboration with Portsmouth Water.
The new pipeline
We’re also proposing to build a new water transfer pipeline which will take water from the reservoir to our Otterbourne Water Supply Works where it will be treated to drinking water standards and supplied to our customers in Hampshire.
Map of our proposed Water Recycling Plant and Water Transfer Pipeline
Just like water across the country has its own distinct taste influenced by the geology of the local area, the water taken from the reservoir may taste different from existing supplies due to the change in source. The reservoir whilst open to the environment (soil, plants, wildlife) may also influence a change in taste from existing supplies. This water will, of course, continue to meet strict drinking water quality standards and be wholesome to drink. We’re working with a range of international experts, our regulators and environmental organisations to develop our plans.
These proposals are separate to the current approved plans for Havant Thicket Reservoir and if they are to go ahead, they will be subject to further engagement, consultation and planning consent. This is just one of our strategic solutions we're exploring to address water shortages in Hampshire.
Further information on water recycling
Find out more about the tried and tested advanced treatment process of water recycling, what our customers think and other water recycling proposals across our region.