Fittleworth major water works near completion

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SOUTHERN Water’s £1.35 million improvements at its Fittleworth wastewater treatment works are nearing completion.

The treatment works, in Lower Street, serves more than 700 people

To ensure it continues to meet tight environmental standards, new treatment tanks have been installed and the existing ones have been refurbished and upgraded.

Other improvements have also been added as part of the project, which say the company, will ensure the treated wastewater which is returned to the River Rother is cleaner than before.

The project is now nearing completion and will undergo final testing and commissioning within the next two months.

Project Manager for Southern Water, Philip Jeyaseelan said: “We are pleased to have delivered this important project on time and on budget. The investment we have made will ensure the wastewater treatment works continues to meet tough environmental standards while providing customers in the area with a reliable and more efficient wastewater treatment service.”

The improvement project, which began in May last year, is being carried out by Southern Water supplier Barhale Trant Utilities.

Applying for planning permission last April the company said the existing facility was “unlikely to continue to meet its final effluent quality consents given the growing population rate and the more stringent standards on solids recently imposed by the Environment Agency.”