Dorset drainage and wastewater management plan

Drainage and wastewater management for Dorset

In the Wessex Water area, we have four management catchments aligned with the river catchments, where we are working closely with strategic partners to identify and deliver solutions for the long-term management of drainage and wastewater.

The Dorset management catchment

The Dorset management catchment includes the rivers Stour, Piddle, Frome and the West Dorset streams with key urban areas including Poole and Bournemouth and the county town of Dorchester. Areas of the catchment are protected for wildlife and habitats of national and international importance as well amenity with 39 designated bathing water beaches.

How we are working with partners

We are working with a range of stakeholders through the Dorset Catchment Partnership and working groups to identify priority areas and solutions that will deliver multiple benefits for society, the economy and the environment. Our stakeholders include regulators, such as the Environment Agency and Natural England, councils, developers, non-government organisations (wildlife trusts, rivers trusts), as well as customers.

Blackheath drainage and wastewater strategy

This strategy covers rural settlements located along the A35 highway, north of Wareham town including Tolpuddle, Affpuddle, Briantspuddle, Bere Regis, Morden and Lytchett Matravers.

Bournemouth drainage and wastewater strategy

This strategy covers the Bournemouth area, including Boscombe, served by Bournemouth (Holdenhurst) sewage treatment works.

Bridport drainage and wastewater strategy

This strategy covers the area served by Bridport Water Recycling Centre (WRC) including Bridport, West Bay, Askerswell, Beaminster and Burton Bradstock.

Dorchester Drainage and Wastewater Strategy

This Drainage and Wastewater Strategy covers the area served by Dorchester Water Recycling Centre (WRC), also known as Sewage Treatment Works, including Charminster, Frampton, Martinstown, Crossways and Owermoigne.

Kinson drainage and wastewater strategy

This strategy covers the area served by Kinson sewage treatment works (STW) including Kinson and West Parley. 

Piddle Valley drainage and wastewater strategy

This strategy covers the area served by Piddle Valley (Piddlehinton) sewage treatment works including the villages of Alton Pancras, Piddletrenthide and White Lackington. 

Poole drainage and wastewater strategy

This strategy covers the Poole area, including Broadstone, served by Poole water recycling centre (sewage treatment works). 

Weymouth drainage and wastewater strategy

This strategy covers the Weymouth and Portland area, including Upwey, Preston and Osmington, which is served by Weymouth water recycling centre.

Wimborne drainage and wastewater strategy

This Drainage and Wastewater Strategy covers the area served by Wimborne Water Recycling Centre (WRC), also known as Sewage Treatment Works.

Gillingham Drainage and Wastewater Strategy

This Drainage and Wastewater Strategy covers the area served by Gillingham Water Recycling Centre (WRC), also known as Sewage Treatment Works. This area is a part of the Dorset Management Catchment and Wessex Water’s Drainage and Wastewater Management Plan.