The world of water was the topic of the day during a special presentation at Cookham Dean Women’s Institute’s (WI) latest gathering.

South East Water staff visited the WI’s hall in Church Lane to discuss water treatment, caring for the environment and managing the company’s vast 9,000-mile network of pipes.

In return, they made a donation to WaterAid, the company’s nominated charity.

Speaking after the talk on Wednesday 8th January, Douglas Whitfield, Head of Operations East, said: “It was great to see so many people turn up to the talk and we were delighted with how many questions came our way afterwards.

“We’re always pleased to have the platform to talk about the work we do and we are very grateful for the WI’s generous donation towards WaterAid.”

The water company, which supplies fresh drinking water to Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Kent and Sussex, was asked to give a talk after a WI member attended an Open Day at Bray Keleher Water Treatment Works.

The group learned about how the site, in Monkey Island Lane, Bray, is currently undergoing a £22 million expansion to increase its capacity by 50 per cent.

South East Water hosts Open Days at water treatment sites across the company’s patch and you can find out more by visiting

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