Somerset

Drainage and wastewater management for Somerset

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 Somerset management catchment

The Somerset management catchment includes the rivers Parrett, Tone, Brue and Axe, the Somerset Levels and Moors and 11 designated bathing water beaches. Key urban areas include Weston-Super-Mare, Taunton, Bridgwater and Yeovil. The area is likely to experience significant development with Hinkley Point C in the next few years.

How we are working with partners

We are working with a range of stakeholders through the Somerset 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.

Bridgwater drainage and wastewater strategy

This strategy covers the area served by Bridgwater (Chilton Trinity) water recycling centre, including Bridgwater and the surrounding villages of Westonzoyland, Middlezoy, Othery and Ashcott.

Taunton drainage and wastewater strategy

This strategy covers Taunton and the surrounding areas including Pitminster, Creech St Michael and Kingston St. Mary, served by Taunton water recycling centre (sewage treatment works).