We are making a number of improvements to Weston-super-Mare sewage treatment works to reduce and minimise the impact of wastewater discharges on bathing water quality.
Sewage is treated so it's clean enough to be returned to the sea safely while meeting bathing water standards.
However, under revised standards which come into force in 2015, some bathing waters in the area would be classified as ‘poor’ based on historic sampling results.
We are investing £26m to:
- improve the quality of water discharged
- allow extra storage of wastewater during storm conditions to reduce the impact on rivers and the sea
- investigate lowering the amount of rainwater that gets into the sewerage system
- make improvements to our sludge treatment and odour control equipment.
Our improvement work will be completed two years in advance of the new Bathing Water Directive.
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